Shanghai’s Airport Can Now Scan Your Face To Check You In For Your Flight
The days of standing in line at the airport to check in for your flight are long gone. And soon, the self-check-in desks where you scan your passport might be relics of the past as well. Shanghai’s airport is ushering in the future of airport check-in by just scanning your face.
The Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport uses facial recognition software to put passengers through an automated check-in system. It’s the first fully automated system to do so and can make the entire check-in process as short as 90 seconds.
Spring Airlines, a low-cost airline based right in Shanghai, is debuting the tech. According to the Associated Press, 87 percent of passengers flying on Spring Airlines on Monday used the new facial check-in process.
Now, before you get too excited, you can’t use the new check-in process with your American passport. The only lucky travelers who can speed straight through check-in right now are those with a Chinese identity card.
As far as implementation within the United States goes, there have been a few test cases. In May, JetBlue started testing face scans for check-in and in September, Delta Airlines opened a biometric terminal that is set to begin operations later this year.