You’re certainly not alone if you think that the current airport security process is far from ideal. AOptix hopes to streamline and speed up security procedures by replacing manual boarding pass and ID checks with a biometric kiosk called e-Gate. The new system, which verifies passenger identities by matching an iris scan with a boarding pass, just received (IATA) approval, and is currently being tested in three airports around the world. It’s not as slick as a similar concept we saw earlier this summer, but e-Gate could be implemented with a trusted traveler program, creating special lanes for pre-approved frequent fliers — similar to the US Customs Global Entry system in place today. We don’t see it replacing X-ray machines and check-in interviews, but it could remove human error from the equation — at least when it comes to verifying your identity. Jump past the break for the full scoop from AOptix, or you can check out the system for yourself at the Future Travel Experience in Vancouver.
Update: e-Gate is in fact a potential component of Checkpoint of the Future, which we saw conceptualized in June.
Gallery: AOptix e-Gate
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