Facial recognition tested for boarding at Orly Airport
For the time being, this is only an experiment, as France does not have a legal framework authorizing the use of facial recognition in principle.
Show his face to a camera to pass the boarding gates? This is possible since March 18 at Orly Airport. Postponed by one year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, this test currently only applies to Transavia flights to Morocco. It will be extended in two months to Air Caribbean passengers to the DOM-TOM. For the airport, the use of facial recognition helps to smooth traffic and save time for boarding.
in fact, the passenger must first scan his face on a special terminal, register his ID and his plane ticket. « At the luggage drop-off, the kiosk will recognize the face of the traveller, who will only have to scan his luggage tag, put his suitcase on the carpet and that’s it, » says the airport group ADP. Ditto at the boarding gate. Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), travelers are not required to use this device. « This data is automatically deleted as soon as the plane takes off, » ADP says. At Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport, facial recognition has also been used since the beginning of October and for a year, with a slightly different system. Developed by Idemia, the « Mona » app accompanies some passengers from Transavia and Tap Air Portugal from the preparation of their flight to the take-off of the plane. In both cases, these are just experiments. France does not have a legal framework authorizing the use of facial recognition in principle.