Recently, airports are increasingly using facial recognition technology to enhance security and passenger convenience. At La Guardia Airport in Queens, Delta Air Lines and the TSA have implemented a system where select travelers can bypass traditional ID checks using facial recognition.

This technology is seen as a major step towards simplifying airport procedures, with the potential to reduce waiting times and stress for travelers.

Airports Get a Digital Makeover with Facial Recognition Tech
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Airports Adopting Facial Recognition Technology for Streamlined Travel

In a move towards modernizing travel, airports are now embracing facial recognition technology to streamline passenger experiences. At La Guardia Airport in Queens, a new system has been introduced where selected travelers can skip the usual security checks by using facial recognition. 

The New York Times reported that this innovative approach, offered by Delta Air Lines in collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), allows passengers to have their photos matched to a government database, thus eliminating the need for physical IDs or boarding passes.

This development is part of a broader trend in airports utilizing biometric technology, recognized as a potential "tipping point" for air travel. Airports across the United States and internationally are investing in this technology to offer enhanced security and faster processing. Major airlines like American Airlines, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines are also experimenting with facial recognition for various processes like bag drops and boarding.\

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However, this technology is not without concerns. Issues regarding privacy, ethics, and the accuracy of these systems are being raised. Experts are questioning the training and evaluation of these systems, along with the implications of opting out. Despite these concerns, the adoption of facial recognition in airports is rapidly growing.

At La Guardia Airport, the process has already shown promising results in reducing wait times. Travelers using this technology can move through security in about 10 seconds, compared to 25 seconds with traditional methods. This advancement is not just limited to La Guardia, as other airports in the U.S. are set to implement similar systems in the coming years.

New England Airports to Get Major Upgrades with $1 Billion Federal Funding

Nearly $1 billion in federal funds is set to boost air travel in the United States, with three major New England airports among those benefiting. Logan International Airport in Boston is the biggest recipient in the region, receiving $12 million. This money will help expand and update its traffic control tower.

Bradley International Airport, located near Hartford, Connecticut, is getting $5.4 million. According to AP News, this will support the expansion and renovation of its terminal. Portland International Jetport in Maine will also see improvements, with $10.4 million allocated for new passenger boarding bridges and other updates.

Overall, 114 airports across the country will receive federal funding for various improvements. This includes smaller airports in New England, like Concord Municipal Airport in New Hampshire. Concord will get over $2.5 million to build a new terminal and remove the old one, which is over 80 years old.

These investments are part of a plan to strengthen the nation's air travel infrastructure, ensuring safer and more efficient airports.

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