Delta Launches Biometric Boarding in Washington, D.C.

Jul 21, 2017

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Airlines have been playing around with the idea of biometric identity verification for a while now. Earlier this year, we told you how KLM was testing facial recognition for boarding, Delta introduced a face-scanning baggage drop and more. Now, Delta is taking the technology a step further with using biometrics to board the aircraft.

Delta is currently testing the technology at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). With it, Delta customers can use their fingerprint to board their flight rather than the traditional boarding pass. The final phase of biometric rollout for Delta at DCA is allowing passengers to use their fingerprints to check a bag, which it expects to launch later this summer.

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There is a catch, however, as you must be enrolled in CLEAR in order to forgo your mobile or paper boarding pass in favor of using your fingerprint. If you’re interested in trying it out, make sure you have a SkyMiles number and a CLEAR membership. From there, you can use your fingerprint to identify yourself at Sky Club entry, boarding and (eventually) bag drop.

If you don’t yet have a CLEAR membership, you can sign up for one to get expedited security screening access. As a reminder, a CLEAR membership costs $179 annually. However, if you’re a Delta Diamond Medallion member, you can get your CLEAR membership for free. If you have Delta Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion status or if you’re a cardholder of the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express or any of their business versions, you can get a discounted membership for $79 annually. Or, if you’re a basic Delta SkyMiles member, you can get an annual rate of $99.

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