One of the APAC regions’ finest airports, in Incheon, has come onboard with the rush of airports implementing biometrics for better security and passenger experiences.

The adoption of biometrics is still on an impressive upward trajectory, bringing airport modernisation in accordance with projected levels of travel and tourism in years to come. Scores of airports have installed state-of-the-art biometric technologies such as the likes of Changi Airport, Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru and Hong Kong International Airport across Asia.

The face recognition identification process came into use at Incheon airport on July, 27 2023, providing less reliance on mandatory passport information to identify passengers. While passengers should still carry their passports and boarding passes with them at the airport, security processes focus more on comparing a live image of passengers as they pass through border control with passport photographs held in a large database.

The new service has been called “a smart pass”. Across 16 departure lounges, the enhanced ID checks are currently available to South Korean and foreign national customers of Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, T-way Air and Delta Air Lines. 25,000 people received the warning to pre-register and upload their biometric information to databases in order to use this new service.

Changi Airport refurbished Terminal 4 with full biometric-enabled passenger processing back in 2017. Bangalore International Airport and Kong Kong International Airport have done the same, transforming e-passenger gates for seamless security procedures prior to boarding flights.