Delta Air Lines is about to launch the first biometric airport terminal in the United States. The launch is being done in coordination with United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Terminal F inside Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the chosen spot. Delta already offers biometric check-in options at 50 domestic Sky Club locations.
What can Delta customers expect when biometric screening is rolled out in Atlanta?
What we know so far is that biometric screening will be available at some point at the end of this year. It will be available to travelers using direct flights to international destinations. These travelers will get a biometric experience from curb to gate that will cut down on hassles and create a seamless journey through the airport. Here’s a rundown of some of the perks that go along with this option:
- Guests can use self-service kiosks in the lobby when checking in.
- Checked baggage can be dropped at the counters in the lobby.
- Biometric screening will satisfy the need to present identification at the airport’s TSA checkpoint.
- Guests can board flights at any gate in Terminal F.
Terminal F is also being equipped with new cutting-edge scanners as part of a partnership with the TSA. These scanners will eliminate the need for passengers to remove electronics from their bags when passing through TSA checkpoints. One thing that Delta customers should remember is that biometric screening is not a replacement for a passport. Travelers should still bring their passports and plan to have them available when traveling internationally.
More to Come
The success of the biometric terminal at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is likely to set the pace for other programs throughout the country. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is considered to be the world’s busiest airport. Testing shows that facial recognition saves up to nine minutes per flight. In addition, airline employees are able to provide better service to customers because they aren’t hung up with helping people get through the check-in process.
Delta customers aren’t the only travelers who will benefit from biometric screening in Atlanta. This high-tech option is also being offered to travelers using partner airlines flying out of Terminal F. The list of eligible airlines includes Aeromexico, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic Airways. Customers who are not interested in biometric screening can simply proceed normally and go through the screening process just as they always have.
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