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Imagine getting through airport security in as little as 6 to 10 seconds. That’s how long it may take select customers if airlines like Delta are successful in incorporating facial recognition software into their security checkpoint screening processes.

Facial recognition tools are a fast, secure way to confirm a person’s identity. They work by scanning the geometry of a human face and comparing that information against the facial features found in photos or videos stored within a database. Face match software uses artificial neural networks—a type of artificial intelligence known as “deep learning”—to mirror how a human brain learns and verifies information. Because of this, facial recognition technology can have near perfect accuracy in ideal conditions and reduces the risk of fraud significantly.

Many industries are in the process of incorporating face detection technology as well as other biometric verification tools—such as fingerprint identification—to make their processes and data more secure. According to CBS, Delta Airlines wants to be the first airline to offer a full curb-to-gate security process built around face recognition software. About half the Delta gates at Concourse T at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Concourse A in Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport will get this technology, according to the CBS article.

Other airlines, such as JetBlue and American Airlines have also begun to incorporate biometric data and face recognition tools to identify people boarding their flights. If successful, facial recognition software usage in airports will reduce the need for a passport or other form of identification and could significantly speed up the check-in and security processes.

Understandably, many individuals have questions and concerns about facial recognition usage and how it relates to topics such as human rights and the protection of personal information and user data. Here are answers to some of the common questions regarding airlines incorporating facial recognition software:

How Does Facial Recognition Software Work?

Facial recognition algorithms measure the unique features of human faces, such as the distance between a person’s eyes, the distance from their chin to forehead, and the texture of their skin.  This data is interpreted as a mathematical formula which can then be compared against other formulas in the system. These deep learning algorithms utilize increasingly sophisticated layers of processing that allow the system to extract higher level features from data.

Is My Personal Information Being Collected by Facial Recognition Systems?

No. Airlines like Delta have stated that they immediately destroy any virtual images taken of passengers. That means that your digital images are not stored or shared when using facial recognition software.

Can I Opt Out of Facial Recognition?

Yes. Delta, Jet Blue, and other airlines incorporating facial recognition technology allow passengers to opt out of the biometric screening process.

Why Are Airlines Using Facial Recognition Systems?

The facial recognition market is quickly growing because of the software’s unique ability to improve safety, security, and processing time for many businesses. Airlines are no exception. Incorporating facial recognition technology into the check-in and security process will help streamline air travel and create a more safe and positive experience for passengers and employees.

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