Facial recognition will improve overall experience at airports

New technology reduces wait time, provides security

Anika Hanson

Allowing passengers to check themselves in with facial recognition technology will significantly reduce wait times and make passengers’ trip to the airport much more efficient. The new technology could eliminate the use of document checks and boarding passes, which would also have a positive impact on the environment.

This technology will add an additional layer of security to protect everyone at the airport. This technology is not an invasion of privacy — our pictures are taken everywhere without us knowing and our information is easily accessed by various large companies. The use of facial recognition should not cause concern for privacy invasion because it is being used in order to protect people. The Department of Homeland Security gives the Customs and Border Protection database access to perform background checks on passengers flying in order to prevent security threats.

People are often racially profiled in airports, especially people of Middle Eastern descent who are often stereotyped as terrorists.

According to The Guardian, ethnic minorities are 42 percent more likely to be stopped by airport security personal than white people.

As a result of racial profiling, people of Middle Eastern descent need to add in extra time to their trip to the airport to ensure they don’t miss their flight.

This technology could reduce racial profiling from airport staff. The use of facial recognition technology in airports will reduce the wait time of all passengers, provide an extra safety precaution and possibly reduce the amount of racial profiling in airports.