Orlando International Airport installs SITA biometric exit

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The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has chosen SITA as its technology partner for biometric exit at Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Orlando International is the first US airport to fully deploy the US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) biometric entry and exit program. SITA will also integrate Smart Path – its biometric technology – at the airport’s 64 boarding lanes at 30 international boarding gates over the next four months.

John Newsome, chief information officer at GOAA, said, “Our decision to implement biometric exit checks across the whole airport follows a hugely successful live trial.

“The innovative boarding process we tested is really popular with passengers. They simply look at the camera and within seconds the gate opens and they can board the flight. It is easy, fast and most importantly, secure. The solution works on common-use boarding gates and can be easily used by the many international airlines that we serve at MCO.”

Diana Einterz, SITA president, Americas, commented, “GOAA’s implementation of SITA Smart Path for the US CBP biometric exit checks will deliver a simpler travel process for the airport’s annual six million international passengers.

“SITA is a world-leader in biometrics and we are committed to delivering secure seamless journeys for airline passengers globally. It is great to be GOAA’s technology partner as MCO becomes the first airport to fully implement biometrics for international flights from the US.”

Passengers can expect 100% biometric boarding for international flights at Orlando by October. As part of the agreement, SITA will provide the technology solution, professional services, hardware and maintenance.

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