Korean Air will launch a facial recognition boarding service at Atlanta Airport in the U.S. from Nov. 1. Accordingly, passengers on Korean Air flights will be able to verify their identity and board the plane at Atlanta Airport through facial scans without scanning their boarding passes.
The facial recognition boarding service automatically checks whether a digital camera equipped with facial recognition technology takes pictures of a passenger's face in front of the passenger's gate to match passport and boarding pass information.
The service is expected to enhance the efficiency and security of identification and reduce the time required to board an aircraft, a company spokesman said on Oct. 31.
Korean Air is actively responding to the fourth industrial revolution by introducing biometric information-based artificial intelligence technology, a core technology of "One ID", and introducing facial recognition boarding services to provide new and convenient experiences to customers, he said.
The One ID plan was passed unanimously by its members at the 75th annual IATA general assembly in Korea in June, using biometric information from airports, immigration agencies and airlines to simplify passenger procedures by integrating them into one.
Korean Air currently offers facial recognition services at airports in Singapore and Los Angeles, and this time it will offer face recognition boarding services at Atlanta Airport through technical cooperation as part of the joint venture between Korean Air and Delta Airlines.
In the future, Korean Air plans to expand its facial recognition service to New York Airport in December.