Digital security specialist Gemalto has partnered with an airline to launch a trial of biometric boarding technology in Terminal 4 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the US.

Known as Gemalto’s Live Face Identification System (LFIS), the trial will check whether the passengers’ needs are met through facial recognition against a traditional boarding pass.

It will also assess whether the new technology complies with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirements.

Gemalto government programmes senior vice-president Neville Pattinson said: “Being able to use your face instead of your boarding pass will not only enhance security but allow passengers to board more easily and quickly.

“The passenger process is changing globally and we are pleased to be on the leading edge of this change enabling our partners to offer improved service and security with our biometric capabilities.”

“Being able to use your face instead of your boarding pass will not only enhance security but allow passengers to board more easily and quickly.”

During the pilot programme at LAX, the biometric boarding system will be integrated into the existing agent podium to facilitate boarding.

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Passengers will move towards the gate and receive confirmation through a computer screen and camera following a facial verification from CBP’s Traveler Verification Services.

Upon completion of the verification, the captured images will be deleted from the system to ensure privacy for all passengers.

Air traffic is expected to double and reach 7.8 billion passengers by 2036. To meet this growing demand, airlines and airports are investing in innovating security solutions.

Gemalto’s LFIS secured a 99.44% successful acquisition rate in less five seconds, at a recent Department of Homeland Security biometric testing rally.