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San Francisco airport first to try biometric check-in

San Francisco International Airport and United Airlines are testing SITA Smart Path, a low-touch, biometric-enabled check-in technology for boarding some domestic flights.

This will be the first trial run in the country.

SITA Smart Path integrates with existing industry-operating platforms. It also has been used for duty-free shopping. The technology is used at airports worldwide.

United passengers participating in the trial link their driver’s licenses and flight details to their facial biometrics at check-in and scan their faces at each touchpoint employing a biometrically enabled camera. Passengers can then move through the airport, from check-in to bag drop, security and boarding, without showing a photo ID or boarding pass.

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