Gone are the days of needing to keep track of your boarding pass to board an aircraft — at least for certain Delta passengers, anyway. Delta just announced that eligible Delta SkyMiles Members who are enrolled in CLEAR — an expedited airport security program that costs $179 a year — can use fingerprints instead of their boarding pass to board any Delta plane at Reagan Washington National Airport.
Delta began testing its biometric boarding procedure back in May. Using a fingerprint, customers are able to board a plane or enter Delta Sky Club lounges without their ID or ticket. Delta says the final phase of its biometric boarding pass test will happen this summer, and it will allow customers to also use their fingerprints to check bags.
"The truly exciting piece of what Delta is doing, is how scalable this experience is in part due to our partnership with CLEAR," said Gil West, Delta's Senior Executive Vice President & COO. "Once we complete testing, customers throughout our domestic network could start seeing this capability in a matter of months – not years. Delta really is delivering the future now."
Delta is partnering with CLEAR to power the back end of its biometric boarding system, which is currently a pilot program. The goal is for Delta to deliver a more convenient customer experience in the future.
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"It's a win-win program," West added. "Biometric verification has a higher level of accuracy than paper boarding passes and gives agents more time to assist customers with seat changes and other skilled tasks instead of having to scan individual tickets – and customers have less to keep track of as they travel through the airport."
We can probably all agree that the less we have to keep track of when traveling the better.