Sydney's international airport to adopt facial recognition scanner to make travel process easier

At the moment, international passengers at the airport show their passport six times during check in, baggage drop, border processing, security screening, airport lounge and the boarding gate.
At the moment, international passengers at the airport show their passport six times during check in, baggage drop, border processing, security screening, airport lounge and the boarding gate.PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (XINHUA) - Sydney's international airport announced on Thursday (Feb 22) that they will be trialling groundbreaking facial recognition scanners.

"Your face will be your passport and boarding pass," Sydney Airport's chief executive officer Geoff Culbert said, adding "there will be no fumbling for passports!"

Beginning in May, the biometric processing software will first be adopted by Qantas passengers who wish to take part in the trial.

If successful, the airport will look to extend the technology to other airlines before the end of the year.

At the moment, international passengers show their passport six times during check in, baggage drop, border processing, security screening, airport lounge and the boarding gate.

But the cutting edge system will mean that travellers only have to show their passport once for verification when they first arrive at the airport.

"We are not aware of this being done to this extent anywhere else in the world," Culbert said.

"It will make the travel process so much easier for customers."

Passengers can check in for their flights at home using facial recognition technology through the smartphones, he said.