Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in partnership with technology company Vision-Box has launched a pilot of facial recognition self-boarding technology for the passengers travelling with Cathay Pacific Airways.

The pilot forms part of the first phase of Seamless Flow, the programme that aims to make paperless travel possible in the long term.

Upon completion of the check-in process, passengers are asked to take part in the trial. They will be accompanied to one of the special registration kiosks.

The passengers’ passport and the boarding pass will then be scanned, while an image of the face will be captured to generate the traveller’s single token.

After that, passengers will undergo the security and passport control process as usual. At the boarding gate, the passenger’s face will be scanned and matched with the image clicked during registration process.

“We’re very excited to continue working with our partners in this landmark program, offering Cathay Pacific customers with a pioneering seamless travel platform.”

Once the face is recognised, the gate will open and the passenger will be able to board the flight.

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Vision-Box CEO Miguel Leitmann said: “It’s all about the passenger. The whole idea of Seamless Flow is to modernise the airport landscape to improve the convenience, simplify the processes, propose modern interactions and deliver effective value to passengers.

“We’re very excited to continue working with our partners in this landmark program, offering Cathay Pacific customers with a pioneering seamless travel platform that will absolutely reshape how we travel.”

Schiphol Airport safety and security director Wilma van Dijk said: “For passengers, the journey from arrival at the airport to boarding becomes easier and more efficient.

“In the future, you can pass these control points more smoothly because you are recognized by your face. You can leave your passport and boarding pass in the bag.”

Scanning of the face, passport and boarding pass will be done during registration and boarding in the near future. Passport control will be included in the next phase of the trial.

To implement the programme, a consortium has been formed by the Dutch Government, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Cathay Pacific, KLM and Vision-Box, which developed the Seamless Flow technology platform.