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The process of boarding a flight can be lengthy. This is because there are multiple steps and procedures that you need to take in order to reach your plane, such as checking in your luggage, making it past immigration, customs, and so on. However British Airways has eliminated some of those steps with its biometric boarding gates.

Now in an announcement by the airlines company, they will be expanding the testing of its biometric boarding gates in the US. Prior to this, the system was being tested for British Airways flights flying out of LAX to Heathrow, but the expansion will now cover Orlando International Airport flying to Gatwick, as well as New York and Miami airports flying from the US to Heathrow.

For those who are unfamiliar with the system, it basically eliminates the need for boarding passes and passports when it comes to boarding your flight. Instead the system will scan the user’s biometric data, check it against immigration photos, and verifies the passenger’s identity. Once all of that is done, they’ll be good to go.

Of course passports are still required to be brought along especially if you’re flying to another country, but hopefully this will speed up the boarding process. According to the company, the system has allowed 400 passengers to be boarded in as little time as 22 minutes, which is half the time it would normally take.

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