JFK International Air Terminal (JFKIAT) has introduced biometric boarding capabilities at multiple gates of John F Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 (T4).

The introduction of biometric boarding is part of the operator’s initiative to offer safer and efficient means of travel to around 21 million passengers who access the terminal annually.

Starting this week, biometric boarding will be available at 27 international gates in the terminal.

The facial recognition technology will replace manual identification, with an aim to accelerate boarding and flight clearance and enhance the passenger experience.

JFKIAT will collaborate with partner airlines and Customs & Border Protection (CBP), hoping to ensure a seamless experience for travellers at the terminal.

It will also look into future projects to further the terminal’s facial recognition capabilities.

JFKIAT president and CEO Roel Huinink said: “At T4, we are always looking for ways to better serve our customers by integrating the latest innovations into our operations to further ensure a flawless travel experience.

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“We are excited to launch biometric boarding as an advanced tool to help improve the safety and security of our customers and the T4 community. We look forward to continuing our work with CBP to deploy this innovative technology in new ways in the future.”

This year, JFK Airport T4 introduced Aira Access to offer instant access to better visual information and real-time services to help blind or low-vision passengers to navigate the terminal.

Last year, the terminal introduced a new security operations centre to ensure the safety of the 70,000 daily passengers and 13,000 employees.

T4 has also partnered with technology firm Clear to introduce biometric scanners for passengers.

The biometric scanners are intended to help passengers quickly move through the terminal’s security checkpoints by scanning their fingerprints or eyes to verify their identity.