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Soon You Might Not Have To Remove Your Mask To Pass Through Airport Security

Wearing a mask is commonplace for all portions of air travel today. But how can facial recognition technology at security checkpoints be

How can biometric security checks work alongside mask-wearing?. Photo: Emirates

expected to recognize us with half our face covered? Arun Vemury, Director of Biometrics and Identity Technology Center at the Department for Homeland Security (DHS), discussed the research being done to avoid this process, and how facemasks may well work with biometrics in future to allow us to wear a mask for the entirety of our journey.

How can mask-wearing and biometric recognition work together?

An obvious element of the ‘new normal’ for travel is the wearing of facemasks. Most airlines now require facial coverings to be worn on the plane, and the majority of airports are also demanding that we wear a mask to traverse the airport. However, this presents a problem when it comes to biometrics, and in particular, how we can be recognized when half of our face is covered…more on



  • Sahil Chowdhury
    Posted October 13, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Great to hear this. Hope that the situation with Covid-19 soon gets better and I hope that I can travel again because I miss my best friend. The a350 and 777.

  • Wanthana phonanek
    Posted October 14, 2020 at 5:59 am

    Good article Increased Knowledge Technology adapted with the development of comfort More rigorous passenger screening

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