Instead of waiting in line when passing through a border control and boarding gate, a passenger goes to an E-Gate automated checkpoint, puts his palm on a special screen or looks into a camera without getting a passport or boarding pass. Imprints or photo of the passenger are instantly checked with the database of the airline, police and border services, and are validated and compared with passenger data. If the outcome is positive, the turnstile doors open without participation of an airport employee. The same scheme is provided when passing for a flight. After reading and comparing the passenger’s biometric data, the information is transmitted to the airline’s system, the passenger receives the boarding status, and passes on board. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in 2036 the number of air passengers will reach 7.8 billion people, which will double the current passenger flow and result in an additional burden on airports whose infrastructure is no longer efficient and safe for the current volume of transportation. There will be need to increase the cost for a growing staff, but it will not reduce the queue and will disappoint the travellers with even much more inconvenience. The spread of biometric technologies in the aviation industry will help to prevent an infrastructure crisis by transforming airports into digital spaces with the following advantages:

Improving operational efficiency;

  • Competent management of passenger flow in the real time mode;
  • Time saving;
  • Automation of the process of passing registration and security formalities before boarding;
  • Enhancing comfort and quality of services;
  • Fast boarding for a flight with minimal obstacles and energy costs; Security;
  • The uniqueness of biometric data without the possibility of fraud;
  • Good mood and time saved for shopping and entertainment.
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