The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has adopted a global, harmonised blueprint for the integration of biometric identification information into passports and other Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs). Facial recognition was selected as the globally interoperable biometric for machine-assisted identity confirmation with MRTDs. More recently, trials have been conducted using iris and fingerprint recognition systems, in addition to MRTDs and facial recognition systems.
AAPA recognises that the increased use of biometric-enhanced MRTDs would lead to speedier passage of travellers through airport controls, heightened aviation security and added protection against identity theft. However, governments need to expedite their involvement and include airlines in its consultation process to ensure the smooth working of the overall process.