SITA Smart Path, facial biometrics as boarding pass in Athens Airport

Published on : Thursday, March 28, 2019

Athens Airport, the Greece’s largest airport becomes Europe’s first airport to use facial biometrics as boarding pass with SITA Smart Path. Passengers flying with Aegean Airlines from Athens International Airport will have their faces scanned at check-in and at security points. They won’t have to show their passport or boarding card. It facilitates faster and efficient journey through the airport.




On arrival at Athens Airport, passengers simply have their face scanned and then are offered a fast track through security. Passengers can then proceed to security where they can quickly be verified as a known traveller.




Athens International Airport is the latest airport to use SITA’s Smart Path solution, joining Brisbane, Doha, Muscat, Orlando, Miami and Boston airports. Several other airports in Europe and the U.S. are expected to implement the solution in 2019.




Sergio Colella, SITA President for Europe, said: “As most airports around the world already have self-service infrastructure in place, installing Smart Path is cost-effective and easy to implement. Yet, the improvement to security and the passenger experience is tremendously positive. It explains the growing interest in this solution from both airlines and airports in Europe and around the world.”




It will reduce the check-in time at the airport. Passenger identity at security can be verified within few seconds with facial biometrics.




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