Passengers travelling out of Sydney Airport’s international terminal may soon go passport-free as the country’s biggest airport begins its biometric trial in May, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
“Your face will be your passport and boarding pass. There will be no fumbling for passports,” Sydney Airport’s new chief executive, Geoff Culbert, was reported as saying.
Biometric processing is expected to revolutionise the check-in process, allowing passengers to use their face instead of their passports.
By this year-end, Qantas passengers wanting to be part of the trial will be able to use their face to pass through the six steps of check in, bag drop, border processing, security screening, airport lounge and boarding gate after showing their passport only once for verification.
If successful, the trial will be extended to other airlines.
Passengers who wish to be part of the trial will need to register with the Australian Border Force once the testing begins in May. No details have been announced about exactly what information, such as photographs that passengers will need to provide.