by Tiana May
18 May 2022
Miami International Airport (MIA) will soon be launching the largest rollout of biometric technology in the US to improve the passenger boarding process for international flights.
The recently approved contract will implement biometric boarding at all of MIA’s 130-plus gates, with installation excepted to be complete by 2023. The system will allow passengers to board their flights using touchless biometric technology, rather than handing their documents to an agent for inspection.
“The launch of biometric boarding at MIA is the latest way that Miami-Dade County is leveraging technology to improve customer service and simplify operations. I am proud to see our airport lead the nation with this cutting-edge innovation that will streamline the boarding process for our passengers.”
The system uses NEC’s biometric identity platform to rapidly confirm a passenger’s identity and authorisation to travel after they step up to a camera at the boarding gate. MIA and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) first tested this biometric boarding technology in 2019 during a pilot programme with select airlines. The pilot programme revealed significant improvements in boarding times, as the biometric technology allowed the airport to offer more efficient passenger services.
“We look forward to elevating our passenger experience with this state-of-the-art boarding solution. MIA is now the busiest US airport for international travel and continues to set new records each month for passenger growth. Biometric boarding is one of the major steps we are taking to pave the way for additional growth in the years to come.”
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OAK has completed Phase 1 of its Airport Perimeter Dike Improvement Project to provide protection against flooding and rising sea levels.
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Details of San Antonio International Airport's (SAT) 2.5 billion USD Terminal Development Program (TDP) have been announced.
ICAO and the MEVA III Member States have contracted Frequentis to continue the management of its satellite network services until 2025.
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The FAA has started investing the first 1 billion USD in funding to modernise the US's air traffic control system.
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Phoenix City Council has approved plans to construct a cross-field taxiway at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).
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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) has welcomed the first passenger flight at its new International Arrivals Facility (IAF).
A 34,000-square-foot Concourse E expansion has opened at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to improve operational efficiency.
Airports Council International (ACI) World has published data showing the top 10 busiest airports in the world for 2021.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is proposing a new concourse at Washington Dulles International Airport.
The Chicago Department of Aviation has announced that the first phase of gate renumbering is complete at O’Hare International Airport T5.
The FAA has dedicated a newly commissioned environmentally sustainable air traffic control tower at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
DFW has announced the inclusion of four of its key infrastructure projects in the FY22 Federal Appropriations Act.
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Washington Dulles International Airport has purchased five Proterra electric buses for use in its fleet of parking shuttles.
Southwest Airlines has opened a new airside complex at DEN, which includes a technical operations aircraft maintenance hangar.
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The FAA has given Mercer County approval for the design and construction of a new passenger terminal at Trenton-Mercer Airport, New Jersey.
Alaska Airlines is testing out new technology to improve the travel experience at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.
Turner & Townsend has been selected as the project controls services provider for DEN's major expansion project.
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SEA has revealed design renderings for its C Concourse Expansion project, which will add four additional floors above the existing building.
SFO has announced that it has received approval from the FAA to use new GBAS technology to assist landing aircraft.
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SEA has unveiled its new International Arrivals Facility, following the completion of the project's construction.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking input from key stakeholders on potential mass transit options at LaGuardia Airport.
MEM is upgrading its centralised de-icing facility with TKH’s CEDD® airfield ground lighting technology and JCAII’s SmartPad de-icing system.
PHX has launched PHX RESERVE, a virtual queueing system that allows passengers to schedule a time to enter the TSA Security Checkpoint.
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San Francisco International has announced that Terminal 1 has become the world's first terminal to earn LEED v4 Platinum certification.
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Brightline has completed Zone 2 for its extension from West Palm Beach to Orlando Airport, bringing an intercity rail service to the airport.
The US Department of Transportation has issued fines to Air China and FlightHub for violating aviation consumer protection rules.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has announced that readiness testing will begin for the airport's new International Arrivals Facility.
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American Airlines and British Airways have announced design details for an enhanced premium guest experience at JFK Terminal 8.
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Memphis International Airport (MEM) has announced that its modernised Concourse B will open on 15th February 2022.
Ford International Airport has launched FLITE to provide companies with grants and testing opportunities for developing air travel solutions.
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Tampa International Airport's new Central Utility Plant is set to improve the efficiency of the airport's heating and cooling systems.
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DEN is seeking approval to complete the final phase of the Great Hall Project, which includes significant improvements to Jeppesen Terminal.
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PDX has opened Concourse B, a redeveloped replacement that is bigger and brighter than the previous Concourse A.
DEN has installed 86 new self-bag drop systems developed by Materna IPS as part of the airport's newly renovated Level 6.
AUS has been awarded a Level 3+ Accreditation recognising the airport's achievement of becoming carbon neutral.
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PHL has launched the first phase of its Queue Management System to provide passengers with real-time updates at security checkpoints.
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San Diego International Airport has launched the San Diego Flyer, a free electric shuttle bus between SAN and Old Town Transit Center.
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Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has announced it will construct a new aircraft service center at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA).
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has opened two newly constructed security checkpoint buildings Tuesday at Reagan National Airport.
Tiger Infrastructure has announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in IC Alaska Airport LLC, which has secured a lease at ANC.
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