Norwegian Air has partnered with Vision-Box, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Los Angeles World Airports Authority to bring biometric boarding to its customers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
While Norwegian Air is certainly not the first carrier to let its customers board their planes using speedy, secure, next-generation facial boarding technology, the World's Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline is the first budget long-haul carrier in the United States to offer the biometric boarding option.
Just in case you were wondering, global airlines the likes of Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, KLM, British Airways and Air France already allow travelers to board seamlessly using contactless biometric self-boarding solution when they fly out of LAX.
Boarding using facial recognition technology lets travelers enjoy a time-saving, paperless experience; all it takes is a simple gaze at the camera to open the eGate through which passengers will pass in order to board their airplane.
According to Norwegian Air, the flight from Los Angeles to Barcelona on July 11 was the first one which allowed for biometric boarding. In less than a week's time, more than ½ a million international passengers on Norwegian Air flights have already boarded biometrically.
Like it or not, the adoption of biometric technology is quickly gaining traction in becoming the new ‘normal' for airlines and airports around the world. Just recently, Air France announced plans to expand the French carrier's use of biometrics at its gateway airports in the United States. Delta is also in the works of expanding its use of biometric facial recognition technology to more airports around the country. The Atlanta-based airline launched its first curb-to-gate biometric terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Concourse F in 2018.