SAS sets global security standard

Scandinavian Airlines ushers in a world first this week with the introduction of biometrically processed security checks at Lulea in Sweden.
SAS’ checks ensure that the passenger who checks in an item of luggage is the same person who boards the flight.

Passengers checking in baggage have their index finger scanned and their finger print recorded. The information is stored in SAS’ passenger register and correlates with the details on the baggage tag. A second fingerprint scan is carried out at the departure gate, ensuring that the person who checked in the baggage is the same person who boards the aircraft. All information is automatically erased when the customer completes the journey.

‘SAS is dedicated to ensuring that air travel is efficient and biometric security saves time for both our customers and SAS,’ said Susanne Dahlberg, Commercial Director of SAS Sweden.

The launch of biometric security checks in Lulea marks the beginning of a four week trial period in Lulea. Following the trial the new security measures will be introduced nationally across Sweden during autumn 2006. SAS’ ultimate objective is to introduce biometric security to Sweden, Denmark and Norway.