Air Canada announced on Feb. 21 that a digital credential using facial recognition technology can now be used to board select flights from Vancouver to Winnipeg and to get access to its café at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
The program is touted as secure and convenient with a planned expansion to other airports and Air Canada lounges.
“Many of our customers already utilize digital credentials to simplify their daily activities such as unlocking mobile phones, entering workplaces, verifying identification during financial transactions and more,” said in statement Craig Landry, executive vice president and chief operations officer at Air Canada.
Currently customers need to show a boarding pass and a piece of physical ID to board a flight.
The process to create and use a digital ID using biometrics involves installing the Air Canada app, taking a picture of one’s passport photo with a smartphone, then scanning the chip with the smartphone, and finally taking a selfie to upload into the app.