Narita Airport to Use Facial Recognition for Boarding

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Narita Airport to Use Facial Recognition for Boarding

According to Narita International Airport Corp., Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan will become the first airport in Japan to start using facial recognition instead of usual paper documents for boarding.  

The facial recognition technology based system will be implemented in spring next year. Usual documents will still be needed for check-in. At check-in, which is performed in self check-in booths, passengers will have to enter their passport, flight information and have their photo taken. At the baggage drop-off counters, safety inspection areas and boarding gates high performance cameras will be intalled allowing for automatic check of the identity of the passengers. After passengers get registered for a flight they will then be able to board their plane without producing their passports and boarding passes. 

In 2020, Tokyo will host Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The new system adopted in Narita International airport, also known as Tokyo Narita Airport and serving the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan, will reduce time needed for boarding thus facilitating the process for passengers and allowing to avoid longer queues.
Narita Airport is located 60 km east of Tokyo. It is the main international airport in Japan handling  over half of the country's international passenger traffic. It is the second busiest passenger ariport in Japan after Haneda airport, also in Tokyo. The airport serves over 40 million travellers a year.

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