Security & Flying

Authenteq and Airport Security: Make Flying Great Again!

We all know the struggle that comes with flying (Airport Security). You have to make sure you get to the airport at least two hours before your flight time, or three hours if you’re flying internationally. Passengers have to take their shoes and jackets off, no liquids over 3.4-ounces are allowed and certainly no sharp objects. Even sharp wit has landed more than one traveler in trouble. If you travel regularly for business then all the hassle around flying can take up a huge part of your life. Flying can be a hassle on its own already, and that’s before you factor in things like having to deconstruct your carry-on nearly to the atomic level as well as enduring lines that any theme park CFO would be ecstatic to see. 

Airport security wasn’t always such an ordeal, however. In the 1970s, you didn’t even need an ID to get through airport security. Passengers would be screened by sight, with the more suspicious ones scanned with an electronic magnetometer. But, for the most part, airport security was incredibly lax compared to today’s standards. You could arrive as late as 30 minutes before your boarding time and family and friends were welcome to go with you to your gate.

Of course, while these might seem like the golden days of flying, it also made planes ripe for hijacking. There were roughly 25 hijackings of commercial aircraft every year between 1968 and 1972. And, of course, once the attacks on September 11, 2001, happened airport security was drastically increased. 

Long Lines With No End In Sight

While modern security measures have thankfully increased the safety of airline passengers, it has also led to the problem of long wait times and arduous boarding processes. The worst part about going through airport security isn’t the process itself, but rather the holdup. Waiting is a problem in almost every area of the airport, from the check-in, to airport security to the boarding process. And if you’re flying international, border control adds yet another layer to the process. 

Verifying identity is an incredibly important part of airport security. Airports need to ensure that the passenger is who they say they are so that known security risks can be kept out of airports and off planes. Most criminals and bad actors are also less likely to commit a crime if they’re forced to use their real identities. Few people would have the gall to purchase a ticket with a stolen credit card and then take that flight under their own name. Thorough identity verification is needed to minimize the level of criminal activity around air travel as well as to ease the process for everyone else. Scanning identity documents at the airport typically involve many different machines and processes to verify the identity of passengers. Machine malfunctions, expired licenses, and other mishaps with identity verification have contributed to the already long wait times.

Many airports all over the world have instituted new technological forms of airport security and identity verification. The Changi Airport in Singapore uses biometric scanning to screen passengers, while the Incheon International Airport in South Korea operates a biometric immigration system that uses facial recognition. 

Even with these advanced forms of identity verification, however, the majority of airports are left with long wait lines and flawed methods of verifying identity. The London Heathrow Airport is currently testing a Bluetooth-based product called “iQueue” in order to help reduce bottlenecking. It’s clear that a more widely available solution is needed to make the flying process faster by quickly verifying identity. 

Authenteq To The Rescue

Whether it’s scanning a passport, taking a photo, or even using biometrics such as an iris or fingerprint scan, none of these have both the accuracy and the expediency of Authenteq’s real-time identity verification technology. Authenteq’s identity verification solution relies on a combination of technology, biometric information, and physical documentation to verify the real-life identity of the passenger.

Authenteq uses government-grade facial recognition technology – the same technology used in many EPassport Gates today – to match the customer’s identity document with a selfie taken in real-time. We then perform a liveness check on the selfie to ensure that’s it’s taken in real-time and is of a real person. By combining these elements, we’re able to quickly and accurately verify identity in less than 60 seconds. Some users have even been able to verify identity in as little as 10 seconds!

By implementing Authenteq’s technology into their automated identity verification systems, airports can continue to provide the same level of security with a fraction of the wait time. Our technology can be used to speed up the check-in process (including bag-drop), shorten lines, lower staff costs, resulting in happier passengers and more secure travel.

Authenteq’s real-time identity verification technology can be used at every stage of the travelers’ journey, from check-in to security, and even to border control. Don’t settle for long wait times and disgruntled passengers. Contact us to find out more about how Authenteq can make flying as easy as it used to be without returning to the smoke-filled airports and lax-security of the 70s.