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Fri, 26 November 2021

Hong Kong Int. Airport's Flight Token Wins Best Airport Innovation Award

(26 Nov 2021)  Flight Token, a biometrics technology empowered departure journey at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), has been voted as the Best Innovation in Airport Passengers Related Processes in the Amadeus & ACI World Technology Innovation Awards 2021.

Flight Token rolled out after the successful launch of e-Security Gates and e-Boarding Gates in 2018 and 2020 respectively, offers departing passengers high-tech convenience from check-in to boarding.

Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, It is our honour to receive the prestigious award, which recognised our effort in enhancing passengers experience through applying technological innovations to provide passengers with a seamless airport journey. Flight Token not only speeds up the departure process of passengers, but also effectively improves the accuracy of document and identity checking compared to manual check. It also enables minimal people interaction which is favourable in creating a touchless environment for air travellers given the backdrop of the COVID19 pandemic.

HKIA's Flight Token has won an award for being the Best Innovation in Airport Passengers Related Processes Click to enlarge.
HKIA's Flight Token has won an award for being the Best Innovation in Airport Passengers Related Processes

Flight Token starts with departing passengers scanning their passports and completing the check-in procedures at the self-service, touchless Smart Check-in Kiosks at the departures hall of HKIA. A biometric token containing the passengers travel document and boarding pass information will be created at the system.

Passengers can then move to the Self-Bag Drop counters, scan their faces through the camera to validate their identities on the token, and proceed with baggage drop-off.

After that, passengers scan their faces again at e-Security Gates and e-Boarding Gates without having to show their travel documents and boarding passes again.

Flight Token speeds up the whole departure journey and provides a hassle-free experience to passengers since repeated document checks at different check points are no longer needed.

e-Boarding Gates are already available at all departure gates of Terminal 1. The airport is installing biometric cameras and touchless features at all Self-Bag Drop counters and Smart Check-in Kiosks, as well as conducting trials with airlines for the full implementation of Flight Token at HKIA.

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