Americans believe biometrics will improve their experience at airports; security

Biometric technologies use body and behavior to confirm identity and include fingerprint scans, retina scans or facial recognition. In fact, 84 percent of Americans feel that biometrics will improve travelers' air travel experience.

Nov 15th, 2018
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Facial recognition biometrics scanner helps stop traveler CBP says was impersonating U.S. citizen from entering United States
LOS ANGELES, Calif. –Americans seem ready to fully embrace biometric security screening at the airport as a positive solution to the issue of identity. Biometric technologies use body and behavior to confirm identity and include fingerprint scans, retina scans or facial recognition. In fact, 84 percent of Americans feel that biometrics will improve travelers' air travel experience. Nearly 3 out of 5 (59 percent) believe that biometrics will increase safety because of improved identification accuracy. More than half (56 percent) believe it would improve speed and efficiency in security lines.

In the name of speed and efficiency, many Americans are ready to see upgrades to the technology in airports. Almost half (46 percent) would feel safe and comfortable using ePassports, which are passports with biometric information. Nearly as many (45 percent) would be on board with using digital IDs, meaning IDs that can be presented on a smartphone, and 43 percent would be comfortable with retina scans to confirm their identity.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

Nov. 15 -- With 60% of Americans reporting that they have boarded planes without proper identification, implementing technology like biometric scans - including retina, face, and fingerprints, as well as digital IDs and ePassports could make airport security a smoother experience.

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Jamie Whitney, associate editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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