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SAS to conduct tests of biometry at two airports.

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-(C)1997-2003 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Scandinavian airline SAS said on Wednesday (10 September) that it would conduct customer testing of biometry for simplified check-in and embarkation at two airports.

As of the beginning of November 2003, SAS frequent flyers at Sweden's Umea Airport would be able to test passing through a turnstile at the gate to the aircraft using their fingerprints, the company said.

A few weeks later, a corresponding test would be started at another Scandinavian airport, where the eye would be scanned.

The testing would take six months, and would be conducted using smart SAS cards, on which the travellers' fingerprints or iris images have been stored.

SAS said that the reason for these tests was that various authorities were expected to intensify their security requirements for airlines and airports, which could lead to additional checking of passengers and luggage.

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