Tokyo Olympic Japan’s three main international airports will start using facial appreciation to reorganize security checks and the boarding procedure starting in 2020, cutting wait times ahead of the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo.
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Starting in the spring, passengers will be able to record their ticket and passport information into a special system at check-in at Narita and Haneda, the main airport’s percentage the Tokyo area, as well as at Kansai Airport nearby Osaka. This means they will no longer have to show these matters at security checkpoints and be accommodated entrances.
Japan’s big airports already use facial acknowledgment at computerized passport control kiosks. But use in other categories of airport screening is a novel step.
The new system will cost about 3.2 billion yen ($29.2 million) and be subsidized through a new parting tax on tourists that launched in January. The tax is predictable to raise about 54 billion yen in fiscal 2020, up 8% from the current period ending in March.
The Japanese government is working on other inventiveness to rationalize arrival and departure events for foreign visitors, with the goal of interesting 40 million tourists from overseas in Tokyo Olympic. One impression is to place electronic tags on checked baggage in Japan, so travelers can see how long they need to wait before their bags can be picked up via a smartphone app or displays at the terminus airport. The government will iron out specifics with airport workers and airlines.
Japan is also introducing a preclearance package, sending immigration officers to airports abroad so travelers can go through passport regulators before they depart. It will twitch with travelers controlled to 13 Japanese airports from Taiwan, with plans to enlarge to other positions in the future.
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