Facial recognition tested for boarding at Orly Airport

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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.

Facial recognition, Orly Airport
The new terminal names will be rolled out on the night of March 18-19. I Photo Credit Bruno Pellerin / Paris Airports

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.

Source lefigaro

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