Delta introduces biometric boarding pass

Delta´s (NYSE: DAL) biometric boarding pass experience is being tested at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), with Phase 1 already underway, allowing eligible Delta SkyMiles Members to forego a paper or mobile boarding pass and hard copy ID in favor of using fingerprints as proof of identity at the Delta Sky Club, the company said.

Phase 2 would allow Members to use their fingerprints to check a bag, check in at the Delta Sky Club and board a flight.

The DCA pilot will test how Delta and CLEAR systems work together while laying the foundation for Delta to deliver a more convenient customer experience broadly in the future.

Being part of the initial test phase means that eligible customers will be able to traverse DCA as they do today and simply use their fingerprint instead of pulling out their ID and boarding pass.

Findings from the DCA test will be analyzed to determine next steps for improving the process and broader implementation.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry´s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic.