Delta Air Lines will introduce what it describes as the first U.S.-based biometric terminal.
The air carrier said it was equipping Terminal F, the international terminal, at the Atlanta airport with new face-screening technology that allows the airport’s international passengers to use the new facial recognition technology starting at the curb to their gate.
In addition, passengers that are flying nonstop out of Atlanta with a Delta partner airline such as Air France-KLM, Virgin Atlantic or Aeromexico will also be able to use the facial recognition.
Delta has said that the updates for the biometric will by fully rolled out to terminal F later in 2018, though it also said that process remains optional.
If passengers opt not to participate they can proceed normally through the airport as they have done in the past.
Upon its rollout, the option to use biometric is to be made available only to passengers arriving to check in at the Atlanta airport for a nonstop flight to any international destination.
Those who choose to use the new option Delta has described it as like a tiny look into the future.
By launching the first U.S. biometric terminal at the busiest airport in the world means Delta is bringing the future flying to passengers traveling around the world, said the COO of Delta Gil West.
West added that customers hold an expectation that along their travels experiences take place seamlessly and without incident, and that is what Delta is aiming for through launching the technology across touch points in airports.
Delta added that customers must enter passport information during an online check-in.
Delta added that customers would receive the same option as they approach the camera in the lobby, a TSA checkpoint or when boarding the plane.
The expansion of facial recognition and biometrics across the airport environment represents the new generation of security identification technology, said David Pekoske the TSA Administrator.