The checking in process at airports have become a rather tedious affair these days, especially after the horror of 9/11, where there are far more security restrictions and procedures to go through this time around. International travelers also have to remove their shoes and belts to have them checked at different checkpoints. How about being able to make it to your plane without the hassle of checking in? Oh, don’t get me wrong – I am quite sure you will still need to have your luggage screened and all, but the Dallas airport in the US is currently undergoing a trial of a fingerprinting and iris scanning scheme so that folks are able to make the jump from the carpark to runway with minimum fuss. The price to pay? You will have to exchange your biometric data for the added convenience.
Airlines have claimed that this process would mean doing away with the paper trail from the check-in process, where passengers will then be subject to a person’s fingerprint or iris scan. I wonder just how fast the iris scanners are going to work though – is it more efficient than the current operating procedure?
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