Los Angeles: Vision-Box biometric boarding platform extended to Norwegian Air

18/07/19

On July 11, the first flight of Norwegian Air using facial recognition for boarding left from Los Angeles airport to Barcelona. Already more than 500,000 international passengers have been recognized with their face to board paperless in LAX. However, Norwegian Air is the first low-cost long-haul carrier introducing this fast and secure next generation facial boarding technology. A simple gaze at a camera opens the eGate to board the airplane.

Miguel Leitmann, Global CEO and Founder of Vision-Box, welcomed Norwegian Air:

“We are very pleased to have Norwegian Air and its passengers benefit from Vision-Box biometric boarding platform at LAX, enjoying a faster and safer travel experience. This is yet another milestone that testifies to how biometrics is gaining traction to become the new normal.”

Norwegian Air was the tenth airline to successfully go live with the contactless biometric self-boarding solution at LAX, joining Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas, and Singapore Airlines.

Bjørn Erik Barman-Jenssen, Managing Director Support Services at Norwegian Air, said:

“Norwegian thrives on innovation as we continue to disrupt the conventions of air travel. Several years ago, we arrived in the U.S. with low fares and new planes. We’ve been named ‘most fuel-efficient’ airline twice by the International Council for Clean Transportation— reducing carbon footprint and sustainability matter to us. Adopting paperless boarding with biometric technology is the right step for our environment, and will create a seamless experience, which will in turn attract more eco-conscious consumers to our airline.”

Los Angeles World Airports continues its transformation program, developing and embracing cutting edge technologies. LAX has recently been awarded the “Most Innovative Airport (large hub)” by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

The biometric self-boarding solution has been running since 2017 in the scope of the US Biometric Exit trial program and following a partnership between Vision-Box, Los Angeles World Airports Authority (LAWA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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