Sheremetyevo Airport will conduct an experiment to identify passengers when boarding a plane by the face in September 2021, TIme reported with reference to a copy of the working version of the action plan for the project. The authenticity of the document was confirmed by three sources familiar with the details of the discussion. Two of them reported that the document is being discussed and has not yet been approved.
The representative of the Ministry of Digital Science said that the experiment will be carried out when boarding one of Aeroflot’s domestic flights. According to the official representative of the company Mikhail Demin, a biometric turnstile with a camera will be installed at the gate, which will identify a person’s identity. When boarding a plane, he will not need to present his boarding pass and passport: the system will automatically check whether the person is a passenger on this flight and whether he has passed the security check. A representative of Sheremetyevo said that an identification system will also be installed at the entrance to the inspection zone.
According to the publication, the experiment will begin in September 2021. The representative of the Ministry of Digital Industry confirmed the launch dates. He explained that data from the Unified Biometric System (EBS) will be used to identify passengers. Passengers will be able to pass control using this technology at will.
According to the results of the experiment at Sheremetyevo in December this year, it is planned to approve a program for the introduction of biometrics at air transport facilities until 2030. According to a representative of the Ministry of Digital Science, by this time the share of passengers served with biometrics should reach 30%. The fact that Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo began to be equipped with biometric passenger identification systems became known in mid-February.