Inflight biometrics on the way

27 Sep 2017 by Tom Otley
Biometric In-Flight-Personalization

New technology will allow the biometric identification of passengers both on the ground and in the air, it has been predicted.

The new possibilities for biometric identification of travellers comes as the inflight entertainment and communications company Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) announced a partnership with Tascent, Inc., a biometrics and identity innovation company. The intention for the partnership is “to bring biometric passenger identification to every stage of the passenger journey”. In practice, this might mean the possibility of “seatback immigration, streamlined personalization and in-flight biometric payment”.

Tascent’s biometric identity devices, software and services will be combined with Panasonic’s in-flight entertainment and communications systems. The partnership will then allow identity recognition before departure, during flight, and upon arrival.


Chris Lundquist, Vice President Corporate Strategic Initiatives at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said, “Our partnership with Tascent is yet another example of our vision for the connected aircraft and its benefits becoming a reality for the commercial aviation community. With this agreement, Panasonic and Tascent will create unique offerings that use biometrics to personalize the in-flight experience and beyond.”

Alastair Partington, founder and co-CEO of Tascent, said: “Tomorrow’s air travellers will be best served by an aviation industry that adopts biometrics technologies in an intelligent, personal and thoughtful way. Tascent and Panasonic share a joint vision of an exciting future in which biometrics technologies improve the air traveller experience for all.”

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