Qantas Trials Mobile Phone Passport Technology

(Last Updated On: November 11, 2018)

Qantas passengers with android phones will be able to load passport details on their device as part of a new biometrics trial aimed at finding ways to speed up airport processing.

The month-long trial at Brisbane Airport uses facial recognition technology and allows users for the first time to upload details from a biometric chip-equipped passport to their phone in their own home.

The use of the app, available from Google Play Store, differs from previous trials where passengers had to enroll at a kiosk at the airport.

Their secured data will be matched to their faces using cameras as they move through the airport and means they will not need to show a boarding pass or passport at the lounge or at the boarding gate.

The airline says it will use the test and passenger feedback to help prioritize future biometric trials and investments.

The mobile app does not apply to passengers traveling to the US but can be used by volunteers traveling from Brisbane to Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Passengers will also still need to use their passport for border control.

It is part of wider trials by Qantas that have seen 20,000 passengers processed using facial recognition in Brisbane, Sydney and Los Angeles.

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