JetBlue Tests Face Recognition to Scrap Boarding Passes


JetBlue Airways plans to test facial-recognition technology to match travelers to passport or visa photos, adding to efforts by other carriers to eliminate the need for boarding passes.

The JetBlue program will start next month on flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport, the airline said Wednesday.

The testing highlights efforts by carriers to speed customers through congested airports while increasing security. Europe’s KLM airline in February began testing face-scanning technology for boarding at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Delta this month said it would attempt a self-serve process for checking bags at one airport using facial recognition and has tested limited use of fingerprints for some loyalty-program members.

JetBlue Airways plans to test facial-recognition technology to match travelers to passport or visa photos, adding to efforts by other carriers to eliminate the need for boarding passes.

The JetBlue program will start next month on flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport, the airline said Wednesday.

The testing highlights efforts by carriers to speed customers through congested airports while increasing security. Europe’s KLM airline in February began testing face-scanning technology for boarding at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Delta this month said it would attempt a self-serve process for checking bags at one airport using facial recognition and has tested limited use of fingerprints for some loyalty-program members.

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