JETBLUE PAS­SEN­GERS FLY­ING FROM BOS­TON TO ARUBA CAN NOW

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present a new kind of board­ing pass, one im­pos­si­ble to mis­place: their faces. In lieu of hand­ing over a pa­per ticket or sum­mon­ing up a smart­phone ver­sion, beach-bound com­muters sim­ply walk up to the gate and pause in front of a cam­era. Af­ter snap­ping a head shot, the cam­era re­lays the im­age to U.S. Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion. There, bio­met­ric soft­ware com­pares it against data­bases of pass­port, visa, and im­mi­gra­tion im­ages. If the com­puter finds a match, a screen at the gate flashes a green check mark—the uni­ver­sal “go” sign mean­ing you’re cleared to drag your wheelie bag and stuffed-an­i­mal pil­low down the gang­way.

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