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Air travel can definitely be challenging with kids in the mix, but one airline is making a big change to make things just a little bit easier for everyone. Forget about printing your boarding passes, because JetBlue is now using a self-boarding system that requires nothing but your face.

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JetBlue just announced that it will be the first airline to use biometric facial recognition at boarding. Instead of presenting a boarding pass, all you have to do is step in front of a camera and say cheese. The image is sent directly to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol where it is matched in their database of passport, visa, and immigration images. The system will also verify flight details and let passengers know if they are cleared to board.

The new self-boarding system will be initially tested on flights from Logan Airport in Boston to Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba starting this month. If all goes well, it will likely expand to other airports. Passengers can opt-in to the system at the airport without any advanced registration. Jim Peters, chief technology officer, SITA, said, “This biometric self-boarding program for JetBlue and the CBP is designed to be easy to use. What we want to deliver is a secure and seamless passenger experience.”

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