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Method of Airline eBoarding using Passenger Fingerprint

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000233142D
Publication Date: 2013-Nov-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Disclosed is a method of using the customer fingerprint as means of providing electronic identification for the boarding of an airplane.

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Method of Airline eBoarding using Passenger Fingerprint

The standard today for a passenger to be admitted onto an airplane is with a paper boarding pass. This is typically printed by the customer in advance, mailed to customer, or the customer receives printout when the luggage is checked. This method has the drawback of requiring a paper ticket, which adds to the cost of printing and time required to obtain the printed boarding information.

Several airlines use a barcode image for electronic passenger boarding (eboarding). The airline companies send the barcode image to the passengers through email. The passengers present the barcode image using smart phones as part of the boarding process, thus known as electronic boarding or eboarding. The problem with this solution is that the customer and airline are dependent on the performance of the mobile device (e.g., it must be charged and working properly). If the device is not working properly, then this can cause interruption or delays in the eboarding process.

The novel contribution is a method that uses the passenger's fingerprints instead of, or in addition to, a barcode image.

Following are the key use cases, represented in different scenarios, of the end-to-end process of the method to allow for eboarding using a passenger's fingerprint.

Customer Registration

Prior to the flight, the customer registers with the given airline and scans for a fingerprint to be kept securely on file. The customer fingerprint allows future association to a specific flight(s). The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also has access to this information, if not managing this directly. Ideally, TSA would provide this service so that all airlines could integrate the method into existing systems for overall efficiency.

Customer Luggage Check

In this case, the passenger goes to airline counter to check luggage. The ticket information is needed to check the bag(s). The method requires a fingerprint r...