U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just approved Emirates to use biometric boarding on flights to any of its 12 U.S. cities from its hub in Dubai. This makes the UAE carrier the first non-U.S. airline to be approved to use this technology on in-bound flights.
There’s currently a handful of airlines who have been using the system at select airports on outbound flights. One of the biggest benefits of the system is that it speeds up the boarding process. For example, Delta’s initial trials showed that the facial recognition option saves up to nine minutes per flight and Lufthansa’s initial trials showed they could board approximately 350 passengers onto an A380 in about 20 minutes.
Whether you have a long day of travel ahead or not, anywhere you can save time on the journey is always appreciated.
If you’re not so sure about this whole biometric boarding thing, check out our guide to using the new system as it might clear up any questions you may have.
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