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The boarding pass of the future: your fingerprints

Delta Air Lines is testing a system to replace boarding passes with fingerprints.

To start, Delta is testing a system to allow travelers to enter a Sky Club at Washington’s Reagan National Airport using their fingerprints.

The vision is for travelers to one day be able to move through the airport without having to pull out their ID and boarding pass as many times as they do today.

The test applies to Delta SkyMiles members who have Sky Club memberships and are enrolled in biometric identification technology firm Clear, which has a membership-based service for private airport security lines.

Eventually, the airline plans to let members use fingerprints to check bags and board flights.

“We’re rapidly moving toward a day when your fingerprint, iris or face will become the only ID you’ll need for any number of transactions throughout a given day,” said Delta chief operating officer Gil West in a written statement.

For more on who can participate in the pilot project and how it works, read the full story on MyAJC.com.


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