New ‘biometric terminal’ at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport

ATLANTA – Delta Air Lines is set to introduce what it’s calling the “first biometric terminal in the United States.” At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, travellers who have an international flight can travel through Terminal F using facial recognition. “From curb to gate.”

No passport control required

Facial recognition will be installed in several areas throughout the terminal, including self-service kiosks in the lobby, baggage drop-off counters and TSA checkpoints. A big advantage is that international travellers arriving at Terminal F can pass passport control. All this with the help of facial recognition. Facial recognition saves up to nine minutes per flight, based on initial testing, Delta said.

Partner companies

Not only Delta Air Lines passengers, but also KLM, Air France, Virgin Atlantic and Aeromexico partner airlines can use the technology.

How does it work?

Passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta who want to walk through the terminal ‘biometrically’ must enter their passport information during the online check-in. Once they’re at the kiosk in the airport lobby, they click “Look.” They can also walk up to the camera at the counter in the lobby, the TSA checkpoint or when they’re boarding at the gate. Once a green check mark appears on the screen, they’re good to go.

Passengers don’t have to use facial recognition. “If customers do not want to participate, they just proceed normally, as they’ve always done, through the airport,” Delta says in a statement.

CT scanners

Passengers travelling internationally also benefit from the presence of special CT scanners in Terminal F at two automated control gates where it is no longer necessary to remove electronic equipment from the hand luggage.

Visit the official website of Delta Airlines for more information about facial recognition at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta.

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