Facial recognition technology is taking over airports: Your face is your new boarding pass

Facial recognition technology is taking over airports: Your face is your new boarding pass
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Traveling through the world's airports has never been simple. Just this week, the Trump Administration announced a new procedure in which visa applicants must provide years worth of social media history, among other hassles.

But a new technology may help get passengers on their way more quickly, and maybe even reduce stress if it works properly and passengers are ok with its privacy implications.

Facial recognition technology is coming to an airport near you.

JetBlue announced a plan to use the face scanning technology in lieu of traditional boarding passes. The airline is working with US Customs and Border Protection in flights between Boston's Logan International Airport and Aruba's Queen Beatrix International Airport.

Here's how it works. When you're in line to board the flight, your face will be scanned and compared to the photo on your passport.

Executive vice president customer experience at JetBlue, Joanna Geraghty, recently broke down the procedure for better understanding.

"We hope to learn how we can further reduce friction points in the airport experience, with the boarding process being one of the hardest to solve. Self-boarding eliminates boarding pass scanning and manual passport checks. Just look into the camera and you're on your way,"said Geraghty.

The plan is to use this technology for all passengers, not just foreign travellers with a passport and visa, in America in the future.

JetBlue isn't the first to incorporate facial recognition technology. Delta is adding the strategy to the way it is handling bag checking.

Travelers who wish to check bags will print tags at Delta kiosks before heading over to machines that match them with their passport photos using identification verification.

And this process isn't just happening in America.

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