Finnair offers biometric boarding at Los Angeles International Airport

Finnair began offering biometric boarding with Vision-Box technology at Los Angeles International Airport. This facility enables passengers to fly out of the country without showing their boarding passes or passport.

With a simple glance at a high-resolution face capture camera at the eGate, the face gets recognised biometrically in a matter of few seconds.

The image is securely sent to the CBP Traveler Verification Service (TVS), which then carries out a matching process with the stored digital facial token captured at the initial immigration process.


British travellers prefer window seat when flying, finds poll

The window seat on planes is the most popular, with 61% preferring it when flying, a survey of 2,000 British travellers has revealed.

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One third (31%) preferred the aisle seat, while only 2% preferred the middle seat.

About 83% of those who preferred the window seat did so to enjoy the incredible views on the flight. About 64% of them even said they are ready to pay extra for the window seat.


Boston Logan International Airport deploys CLEAR biometrics solutions

Boston Logan International Airport in New England, US, has deployed CLEAR biometric technology to speed up security checks.

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CLEAR pods have been deployed at Terminal A.

Members of the CLEAR programme passing through Terminal A can use their biometric identity membership to verify their identity and get scanned through the security checkpoint quickly.


Vanderlande secures contract to upgrade Belgium airport

Vanderlande has received a contract to upgrade the baggage handling system (BHS) at Brussels Airport in Belgium.

The contract is a part of a 20-year framework agreement signed between Vanderlande and Brussels Airport Company (BAC), operator of the Brussels Airport, in March.

The value of the contract has not been disclosed.


Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to float global tender for Noida airport

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has announced its plans to float a global tender for the proposed Noida International Greenfield Airport project at Jewar, Greater Noida.

This project is estimated to cost nearly Rs160bn ($2.2bn), reported Business Standard.

The state cabinet has given its approval to float a global tender for the airport project.

This project is expected to decongest the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.


Changi Airport deploys additional body scanners

Singapore-based Changi Airport now has 14 new body scanners across four terminals in order to boost security.

The body scanners detect items even if they are concealed under clothing. These scanners help to reduce screening time, enabling travellers to move quickly in the busy airport.

Four scanners were initially installed at Terminal 4 when it opened in October 2017.


Hamad International Airport begins second Smart Airport phase

Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar, has begun the second phase of its Smart Airport programme as part of its efforts to provide an enhanced journey experience to passengers through facial biometric recognition.

Currently in the trial phase, this digital system combines passport, passenger flight, and facial biometric information into one electronic record, right at self-check-in kiosk.

The system verifies a passenger’s face at the self-service bag-drop, the automated boarding gate, and automated security gate.


Istanbul airport owners seek to divest stakes

The owners of the new airport in Istanbul, Turkey, have appointed US investment bank Lazard to divest their stake in the $11bn facility.

Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported that Lazard is working with some members of the IGA consortium to offer a valuation of the airport and to hold talks with potential buyers.

According to sources, Vinci, Ferrovial SA, as well as Aeroports de Paris and its Turkish unit TAV Havaliamanlari Holding, are among the interested parties.


Viggo implements SITA airport management system at Eindhoven Airport

Eindhoven Airport ground handler Viggo deployed SITA’s airport management system to ensure timely aircraft turnaround times and an efficient passenger journey.

SITA’s AirportResource Manager enables Viggo to coordinate and track the tasks of over 500 employees working across the airport.

This technology also supports all airside ramp activities during the turnaround of low-cost carriers at the airport.


TSA checkpoint at Miami Airport equipped with CT scanner

The US Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Miami International Airport was equipped with a computed tomography (CT) scanner.

The new scanner provides enhanced explosive detection capabilities at the checkpoint.

The system makes use of sophisticated algorithms in the detection of explosives by creating a 3D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for thorough visual image analysis by a TSA officer. If a bag requires further screening, TSA officers will inspect it to ensure that a prohibited item is not contained inside.