A biometric scanner is a new type of ticket, designed to let you control how long it takes to check in at a ticket gate, which is often a hassle for people without a seat.It's being rolled out to all passengers on flights between Europe and the US, with the aim of making ticket machines simpler and easier to use.But for many passengers, there's no simple way to check whether their biometric data i...
A new ticketing model called biometric attendance, introduced in Australia, aims to eliminate the need for the use of cash at the point of sale.
It has also raised concerns about privacy and the lack of transparency about the system’s privacy settings.
The ticketing service, which launched in Australia in January, is aimed at “reducing the number of people who have to use cash at ticket machines”, and will be rolled out across all of Australia by July 2019.
It is similar to the system used in the US, where passengers can buy tickets in person at the cashier, which is a form of “surveillance”.
A system where a user scans their wrist to enter their ticket will also be used.
Tickets are priced on a fixed “ticketing” basis, rather than based on their value at the moment.
The system, which has been described as “unique in the world”, is expected to save the airline industry about $15 million a year.
The introduction of biometric tickets has also been welcomed by the Federal Government, with Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian saying the technology would provide a “much more transparent, transparent system”.
Ms Berejkalian said she would be reviewing the system with her Federal Department of Transport and Infrastructure colleagues, and she was concerned about privacy issues.
“It is clear that ticketing systems are going to be more intrusive and more intrusive in the future, and that will impact on people’s privacy,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“This is a great time for biometric technology, but it’s going to have to be a very robust system.”
The Federal Government has previously been critical of the system, saying it did not meet its “comprehensive requirements” for data collection.
The department said it wanted to ensure that biometric data was not shared with the private sector, and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said it would be conducting its own study of the technology before deciding whether to use it.
“We will be looking at the security of the biometric information in relation to a range of issues including terrorism, child abuse and violence,” AFP spokeswoman Victoria Macpherson said.
“I think there’s lots of opportunities for the system to be enhanced, but we have to do it in a way that minimises any privacy issues and minimises the need to share it with the public.”
What’s the impact?
How does it work?
A user scans an arm using a finger scanner to scan their wrist with a biometric reader.
A ticket is issued to the person with the most tickets, based on the information they have.
Users are then issued with a unique code, which can be used at the ticket machine to check the status of their ticket.
If the code matches the information the person has, they can purchase the ticket, or “check-in” to travel.
This process is usually performed between 6:30am and 10:30pm, depending on the time of year.
Once checked-in, the user has the option to go to the ticket counter and pay for their ticket online.
If they have no tickets available, they will be asked to show their boarding pass, which will include their name and photo.
If a ticket is scanned in this manner, the person is then issued a boarding pass.
The user then has to provide a valid photo ID, which they can present to the counter and prove they are a citizen of the country they are visiting.
Once the pass has been validated, the customer is then entitled to a free seat on a flight.
The airline then pays the travel agency for the tickets they purchase, and they can then collect their boarding passes at the counter.
The person who has the most seats is then granted a seat.
The boarding pass is used to board the plane.
Where does it all end?
Once the passenger has boarded, they are required to give their boarding card, which contains their full name, address, date of birth and passport number.
This information is then entered into a system which will allow the airline to contact the person and book the flight.
If there is not enough space on the plane, they have the option of boarding at another airport, or travelling with the airline.
There is no limit on the number or number of seats that can be allocated to a single passenger.
The number of boarding passes a passenger can purchase will depend on the length of their journey, and if they have been scanned, they may be able to use them to travel with other passengers.
There are no rules for when the airline can stop issuing boarding passes, and no refunds will be given for the boarding passes they have not used.
The Government has been criticised for failing to adequately study the technology, with privacy experts saying the system does not comply with Australia’s laws governing information technology and data protection.
“The idea that it’s so intrusive that you can’t even tell someone what their name is, that’s a real issue,” said Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham