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SAS launches biometrics at airports all over Sweden

November 30, 2006 15:37

SAS Sweden is to launch a new biometric system throughout Sweden. You travel using your fingerprint, which is matched to your checked baggage. This makes the check-in process easier and improves security. The new technology will be launched during November and December at almost all airports served by SAS in Sweden.

“We work hard to make flying with SAS within Sweden smooth and easy, and one way of doing so is to use the latest technology. The new biometric system speeds up check-in,” says Susanne Dahlberg, commercial director of Scandinavian Airlines Sweden.

The new system, the only one of its kind in the world, offers many benefits. You register your fingerprint when handing in your baggage and again at the gate. In this way you are automatically matched to your checked baggage. The new system eliminates the need to show photographic ID. Your fingerprint is the means of identification.

After completion of the trip, your fingerprint in automatically erased by the system. The use of fingerprint ID is optional. Those who prefer may still travel with an identity card or passport.

The biometric system has been developed by Precise Biometrics. Its introduction means SAS is the first airline to meet the security requirements agreed by the EU in the spring. In the long term, fingerprint reading will take place in connection with all flights within Scandinavia. The technology is expected to affect some 10 million travelers a year.

The system applies at check-in for all trips on SAS’ Swedish domestic routes under the “Nya Inrikesflyget” concept. Tickets are available from SEK 450.

The biometric system has already been introduced at the following airports:
Luleå , Ängelholm, Ronneby, Sundsvall, Östersund and Umeå.

The next destination in line to receive the system is Malmö on December 5 after which the following timetable applies:

Växjö – December 7
Skellefteå – December 12
Kiruna – December 12
Kalmar – December 14
For further information, please contact:
Susanne Dahlberg, Commercial Director, Scandinavian Airlines Sverige,
tel +46 70 997 5074
Mini profile of Scandinavian Airlines Sverige, subsidiary of the SAS Group:
Passengers: Approx. 6 million per year
Aircraft: 42
Employees: 2,500
Takeoffs/landings: 300 per day
Destinations: 44, from and within Sweden
Scandinavian Airlines is now the airline that sells most low-price tickets in Sweden.

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