Palm biometrics coming to South Korea’s Jeju International Airport, planned for every service

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South Korea’s Jeju International Airport will implement palm biometric authentication to support the One ID initiative for seamless and contactless airport identification checks and processes, Media News reports, as translated by Google.

Korea Airports Corporation (KAC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearings Institute (KFTC) to enable the use of palm vein biometrics by travelers in South Korea under the Known Traveler Digital Identity (KTDI) program. KTDI was developed by the World Economic Forum, while One ID is the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) biometrics adoption initiative.

KAC and Jeju International Free City Development Center signed an agreement for joint use of the One ID platform, as the airport operator continues its efforts to reduce reliance on touch-based processes and restore consumer confidence. Korea Airports Corporation has been working to adopt biometrics instead of traditional identity credentials since 2018.

The government is also working on digitizing South Korean drivers’ licenses.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport plans to make biometric processes available for all touchpoints in the traveler journey, including ticketing, security checks and flight boarding at airports around the country by 2022. As the biometric services expand, long lineups for boarding aircraft and purchasing duty-free goods are expected to disappear, according to the report.

Eventually, KAC President Son Chang-wan suggests, travelers will be able to use biometrics for all airport services.

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