Facial recognition tech to get rid of dependence on travel documents

Facial recognition tech to get rid of dependence on travel documents
Oz Desai, Corporate Traveller GM.
Oz Desai, Corporate Traveller GM.
Andrew Stark, MD Flight Centre Travel Group.
Andrew Stark, MD Flight Centre Travel Group.

CAPE TOWN – Travelling through London Heathrow, among the hottest destinations for South Africans travellers will be doing an end-to-end biometrics trial which will see facial recognition replacing the necessity for traditional travel documents by mid-2019.

Flight Centre wish to encourage our very own government to take into account similar innovation at our South African airports.

Facial recognition may be the future of the airport experience and will considerably increase the airport process for both business and leisure travellers,” said Andrew Stark, MD Flight Centre TravelGroup.

London is definitely a favorite route for both South African business and leisure travellers, and Heathrow has officially been recognised because the top airport terminal for corporate traffic while it began with South Africa in 2018. 

This is in accordance with data gathered from Corporate Traveller, a division of the Flight Centre Travel Group.

“London may be the gateway to Europe and beyond and contains been among the top business destinations internationally consistently,” says Oz Desai, Corporate Traveller GM.

For now, the technology shall only be accessible for South Africans departing from Heathrow and can not impact arrivals. 

A spokesperson for Heathrow Airport explained that South African travellers will be able to benefit from the new service at check-in to bag drop, departure and security gates. 

She warned however that the option of the service depends on the airlines that register with the service and on if the passport nationalities have biometric chips.

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