The Eyes Have It

You're running through a crowded airport dragging a carry-on bag that's not going to fit into the overhead compartment, a latte and a stuffed animal shaped like the Golden Gate Bridge that you picked up for your 3-year-old. Your plane is about to board. Just as you reach the gate, your jaw drops as you see 22 people waiting at the check-in counter ahead of you. Wouldn't it be nice if you could blow past the line-with the blink of an eye?

EyeTicket Corp., based in McLean, Va., is negotiating with airlines to allow that to happen. Currently, it offers a product called Eyepass that uses iris recognition technology developed by IrisScan. US Airways' flight crews at the Charlotte, N.C., airport use Eyepass to gain admittance to security areas.

With its next product, EyeTicket, the company hopes to make iris recognition available to travelers by placing kiosks at baggage check-ins and gates. The company says the service will eliminate paper tickets, help people avoid lines and do away with the need to show identification. The company recently tested EyeTicket in a nonaviation venue: In September it was used to control access to the German Haus at the Sydney Olympics.

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