The Israeli Airports Authority has launched a pilot of a new biometric security system at Ben Gurion Airport.
Upon enrolment, the system, which uses fingerprint and facial recognition, produces a smart card that passengers can then use on subsequent flights. The system aims to accurately locate passengers’ security data, such as answers to security questions, thereby shortening waiting times at check-in.
The system was reported to have cost $15 million to develop. Airports Authority deputy director general administration and organization Shmuel Zakai said the biometric checks are voluntary, and that the new system will not replace human security systems.
El Al Israel Airlines frequent flyers club members are participating in the pilot program, although the system will gradually be expanded to all passengers in the coming months.
Media reports suggested that within two years, the Airports Authority intends to apply the system to all passengers, including holders of foreign passports.