by Tiana May
15 Jun 2023
Spirit Airlines has installed 19 self-bag drop units equipped with biometric photo-matching technology at Orlando International Airport (MCO).
The self-bag drop machines allow Spirit passengers to check their luggage without waiting for assistance from an agent.
As the units are equipped with biometric photo-matching technology that compares a scan of government-issued identification with a photo, they also eliminate the need for an agent to verify a passenger’s ID when checking baggage.
“We've grown to become the largest ultra-low-fare carrier at MCO, and adding this convenient, self-service option is a significant investment that gives our guests more control over their journey while spending less time in the lobby.”
Spirit passengers currently check up to 8,000 bags a day at MCO. Testing data has shown that the new procedure reduces average processing time to just 70 seconds per guest, decreasing the time spent at bag check by 30 percent.
In 2019, Spirit worked with Materna Intelligent Passenger Solutions (IPS) to develop the nation’s first biometric photo-matching solution for domestic air travel.
It was also the first airline to pursue combining this capability with automated self-bag drop stations to increase efficiency.
Its self-bag drop systems are now installed at Atlanta (ATL), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX).
These systems use software capable of analysing key physical features on more than 50,000 forms of ID from nearly 200 countries. Combined with the units’ scanning hardware, this software confirms the authenticity of an ID and rejects fraudulent documents before guests check in their baggage.
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Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has passed the halfway point in construction for its Terminal Modernization Program (TMP).
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St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) has purchased 5 Lightning ZEV4 electric shuttle buses to operate between its two terminals.
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Los Angeles World Airports has selected project partners for the Cargo Modernization Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
United Airlines is investing in Electric Power Systems (EPS) to enhance its ground operations and facilitate all-electric flights.
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Canada's Minister of Transport is investing up to 30 million CAD to construct a US preclearance facility at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Los Angeles World Airports has broken ground on the Midfield Satellite Concourse South at Los Angles International Airport (LAX).
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Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) has completed Phase 1 of its newly expanded Concourse A project.
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San Antonio City Council has approved a new Ground Load Facility (GLF) with additional gates at San Antonio International Airport (SAT).
Los Angeles World Airports has presented its LAX Terminal 9 construction project at an industry showcase event attended by over 1,100 people.
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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has upgraded its fire safety training equipment to include the latest industry technology.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is trialling Liberty Defenses' HEXWAVE security solution for aviation worker screening.
PANYNJ has signed a contract with TotalEnergies to begin construction on a solar carport at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
DFW has is developing its 19th Street Cargo facility to enhance the airport's ability to process international cargo.
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Oakland International Airport (OAK) is undertaking an evaluation trial of Liberty Defense's HEXWAVE security system for screening employees.
In North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) has opened its new West Remain Overnight (West RON) aircraft parking ramp.
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Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has unveiled designs for a new connector bridge and tunnel to connect its future landside terminal.
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