Biometrics Comes to the Airline Industry

Biometrics technology has been making an increasing impact in banking over the last several years. Now, some are looking to the technology as a way to solve one of the most annoying customer pain points in any industry: getting through airport security. 

United Airlines this week took an equity stake in Clear, a start-up that makes technology that uses fingerprints and iris scans to verify a traveler’s identity at security checks. According to The Wall Street Journal, Clear currently operates in 31 airports, as well as several stadiums and arenas. But with the investment from United, it now will be implemented in some of the largest hub airports in the U.S. 

Like with anything to do with biometrics, this has the potential to bring great convenience to customers as long as it’s done in a way that doesn’t feel invasive.