Fingerprints may replace e-tickets It could be the ultimate in security and identity—but will it get you through the lines faster? Sean O'Neill Wednesday, Sep 5, 2007, 12:55 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2015

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Fingerprints may replace e-tickets

Air France has announced that it will start an experiment with "biometric boarding cards" this winter on its Paris-Amsterdam route. Passengers who volunteer will load a digital image of their index print onto an electronic chip card. They'll then be able to use the card to go through fast-track lanes at airport check-ins. An electronic gate will allow a passenger to walk through if it detects a match between the scan of a fingerprint in a computer database and the one on the card.

If the tests with about 1,000 passengers are successful, the high-tech cards will be offered to nearly 15 percent of Air France customers. [via Agence France-Presse]

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