From the starting of this week, Delta Air Lines will give the option of using their fingerprints to get into their Sky Clubs. The passengers of this membership can enter into all of its U.S. airport lounges.
Travelers can use their fingerprints or other biometrics to move through the airport and for access, instead of handing over documents and identification at each checkpoint
Since September 2017, the new program has been tested at the Concourse B Sky Club in Atlanta and at Washington Reagan airport. It is part of a Delta partnership with biometric identification technology firm Clear.
Who Can Enroll In The Delta Sky Club:
- The Sky Club members who have Clear memberships to access special security lines at the airport can now use fingerprint readers at Sky Clubs.
- Atlanta-based Delta says Sky Club members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents but are not Clear members can enroll in the Delta Biometrics program for free at some Sky Clubs.
- These members can also enter into clubs at Hartsfield-Jackson International on Concourses T, A, B, and
- Travelers without Clear can enroll in what the airline is calling Delta Biometrics, providing fingerprints that will be used to identify them at Sky Clubs.
The program is free for Delta Sky Club members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and it is optional. Travelers using the lounge generally have to show a boarding pass or membership card.
Delta is one of several airlines that has been experimenting with passengers “eyes, fingerprints, or faces in an effort to check their identities” and reservations faster.
JetBlue and Lufthansa are working with Customs and Border Protection on biometric exit programs to board airplanes faster than if boarding passes were scanned.
Lufthansa is experimenting with the procedure at Los Angeles International Airport. So, the passenger was able to board an Airbus A380 which is the largest passenger plane in the world, in 20 minutes.
Clear’s co-founder Ken Cornick said “curb-to-gate” uses for biometrics. The beautiful thing about this, your boarding pass is embedded in your identity.”
The lounge access isn’t Delta’s first brush with biometrics. The airline has been experimenting with biometric boarding and baggage drop.
Delta’s COO, Gil West told, “the airline is looking for other technologies to make other elements of travel faster. That could include the use of chatbots and voice-recognition technology.”