According to the operator of Tokyo’s Narita Airport, facial recognition technology could soon allow travelers to clear through security checks without showing passports or boarding passes.

The airport is moving forward with plans to roll out the system by the spring of 2020. To use the new system, passengers will have their photos taken at self check-in kiosks, scan passports, and enter their boarding information. Once completed, facial recognition cameras at baggage drop-off, security inspection, and boarding gates will track their progress and allow them to board their plane without any hassle.

Though passports and boarding passes won’t be manually checked, passengers will still go through the regular immigration check.

Narita Airport plans to introduce the system for travelers on All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) flights before adding other airlines. It will join a few airports and airlines in the Asia-Pacific region that have announced plans for using facial recognition for passenger check-in/boarding. Among the high profile examples is at Shanghai-Hongquiao Airport and AirAsia’s own development of its Fast Airport Clearance Experience System (FACES).


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