Singapore airport may turn facial recognition on flight stragglers
03 May 2018 15:55 GMT

Singapore's Changi airport is testing a facial recognition system it hopes will speed passengers through the facility.

Reuters reports it may use facial recognition could be to spot passengers who have missed the last boarding call for their flight.

"We have lots of reports of lost passengers, so one possible use we can think of is, we need to detect and find people who are on the flight. Of course, with permission from the airlines," Steve Lee, Changi Airport Group's chief information officer, told Reuters.

Mr Lee says that the airport is working with a number of companies and plans to have facial recognition in place in a year's time.

The newest terminal at Changi, T4, is already using facial recognition for self-service check-in options as well as bag drop, immigration and boarding.

Facial recognition is also used for check-in and boarding at Changi airport

When passengers drop luggage at unstaffed booths, a photo of their face is taken and then matched against the picture in their passport.

At automated security gates in immigration, another snap is taken and is used to verify a passenger's identity at the boarding gate.

Changi airport is looking at how it can implement the facial recognition technology in its three other terminals at bag drop and immigration as well as potentially in terminal five which is expected to be up and running in the next 10 years.

Mr Lee said: "Today you take passport, you show your face and you show your boarding pass.

"Then actually in future, you just take your face. You don't need your passport,"