Coronavirus accelerates contactless travel, raising privacy concerns
Hands-free check ins and face scanners are part of pandemic travel. Flying after coronavirus is set to involve far less personal contact with airline staff. Not everyone agrees that’s a good thing.
In German airports, facial recognition technology now lets passengers move through hubs using their faces rather than their boarding passes. Elsewhere, technology developments include mobile phone-operated self-service check-ins.
But digital rights campaigners say they’re concerned the pandemic has opened the door to a culture change that isn’t proportionate and could be detrimental, if passengers get used to handing over more personal data and that data isn’t protected.