Honolulu’s Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL) has chosen SITA’s Smart Path solution for its biometric-enabled US exit.

Honolulu Airport has become the latest airport in the United States to adopt the biometric-enabled SITA Smart Path to support US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in fulfilling its congressional mandate for biometric passenger screening on exit from the US.

SITA has deployed 54 face pods across Terminals 1 and 2. Available to all international passengers, the technology provides travellers with a touchless process that further secures and streamlines international departures. If a traveller cannot be matched to a photo on record through Biometric Exit or chooses to opt out of the process, they will proceed through the traditional inspection process consistent with existing requirements for departure from the US.

Using SITA’s Smart Path solution powered by NEC’s world-class biometric face capture solution, passengers step up to a camera at the boarding gate to verify their identity and board in seconds. 

With over 600 biometric touchpoints deployed across the US – including at Miami, Orlando, and San Francisco airports – SITA Smart Path has a proven 99.5% match rate. Travellers’ identities are confirmed by comparing a live photo to images the traveller has already provided to the government, such as passport and visa photos, in a matter of seconds.  

“We have worked closely with the Hawaii Department of Transportation to support CBP’s mandate for biometric screening on exit. We are confident that SITA’s US Exit will greatly enhance the passenger experience at HNL while laying the foundation for an extended biometric passenger experience in the future,” said Matthys Serfontein, SITA president for the Americas.

HNL is the largest airport in Hawaii, serving 21 airlines and over 18 million departing passengers annually. 

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