Your Fingerprint Might Be Your Boarding Pass, So No More Cheetos

In more travel technology news straight out of science fiction, the TSA is testing finger print identification that can used as your boarding pass. This is good news for those who are constantly searching for which pocket you put your boarding pass in, which I am guilt of constantly. Bad news for those who eat crummy snacks or munching on a Cinnabon with your bare hands at the airport. Hope they don’t mind frosting on their scanner.

Currently, smartphones use your fingerprint as a password or to unlike your phone. The people who still use patterns baffles me. In any event, the purpose is to speed up processing because handing over your boarding pass to a ticket agent, having them scan it and then handing it back to you is waaaaaayyyyy too much time.

“TSA looks at technologies and intelligence capabilities that allow us to analyze and secure the travel environment, passengers and their property,” said Steve Karoly, TSA acting assistant administrator for requirements and capabilities analysis. “Through these and other technology demonstrations, we are looking to reinvent and enhance security effectiveness to meet the evolving threat and ensure that passengers get to their destinations safely.”

Yet, the process of searching your genitals for contraband will continue.

Delta is testing face recognition technology as well, which I’m sure won’t find any flaws in the process. That big zit on my forehead will probably deny me boarding.


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