Look straight at the camera

That might be the way you check into your next flight – not by presenting your boarding pass but standing in front of a camera while your face is being “recognised” by a machine. This new facial recognition software will be launched at Atlanta airport in a few weeks by Delta Airlines. I know that there are some people out there who will not like this idea – the same as some people felt that a vaccination passport was an invasion of privacy. But if you think about it we are already being subject to cameras. When you arrive at the airport now you have to go through immigration by first scanning your passport and then letting the machine take a photo of you. That’s another challenge. It couldn’t find me. Up and down it went while I stood there rigid and unsmiling. Are you allowed to smile on these things? I don’t think so otherwise your passport photo would not match up because you know you cannot smile on a passport photo. What the hell? You think this is funny? This is an official document so wipe that grin off your face.

Facial recognition software is not new – they even have it on some phones now. I have enough trouble getting the phone to recognise my fingerprint let alone recognise my face.

Having just travelled internationally I know what a hassle all those documents are – vaccination certificate, negative covid test, attestation form …. the list goes on. I guess it would streamline things if we could upload them and then just breeze through immigration and check in just with our ugly mugs!

But what happens if you are a spy, or an international art thief trying to get through on a false passport? Um – sort of like a James Bond moment. Maybe a bit of cling wrap around the face would confuse the bot? Or some crazy make up

Because you know computers get confused sometimes – looking looking looking for the faces

So you see at the end of the day technology is never really perfect.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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