Pictures May Replace Passports For International Flights

Going on an international trip is certainly exciting until you remember you have to pull out your passport with that awful photo inside and hope custom agents don’t laugh at you because of it. Well, believe it or not, passports may one day become a thing of the past, although you’ll still need a photo to get you where you want to go.

Thanks to new technology, we may soon be able to travel internationally by just having our photo taken as we board a plane. Over the summer, JetBlue tested out the possibility at Boston’s Logan Airport, with travelers flying to Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport given the option of having their picture taken instead of handing over their passport.

If that seems risky, don’t worry those people were still getting checked for security. The pictures taken at the gate were then checked by the Customs and Border Protection database for passports, visas and immigration photos, and got “close to a 100% match rate,” according to airport technology firm SITA. And given the option most people chose to “board in a snap,” which helped speed along the whole process.

As for when we may see the technology adopted everywhere, that’s anybody’s guess, but CBP and SITA say they hope to expand its use in the coming months.

Source: USA Today 

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