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Facial recognition is everywhere at China’s new mega airport

12/12/2019| 3:00:57 PM|

The technology isn’t fully operational, however, currently only used by staff at stations for the Daxing Express high-speed train.

Flying in and out of Beijing may soon be a Minority Report-like experience.

From the ticket turnstiles at the train station to getting through customs and even buying a duty-free bottle of wine, facial recognition scanners are everywhere at the city’s newest airfield: the sprawling, starfish-shaped Beijing Daxing International Airport.

The technology, which links a passenger’s face to their passport at check-in, will speed up the whole process of moving through the airport, according to Wang Qiang, the deputy general manager of planning and design. Daxing -- which opened in September -- is expected to process more than 100 million passengers a year by 2040. It’s a centerpiece of President Xi Jinping’s strategic push into aviation, with China set to become the world’s biggest air travel market early next decade.

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