SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Two South Korean airports will adopt biometrics authentication systems next week, allowing local passengers to travel without identification cards, the transport ministry said Monday.
South Korean passengers using Gimpo International Airport, located in western Seoul, and Jeju International Airport on the resort island of Jeju, will be able to take domestic flights after going through a biometrics identity confirmation process, which includes methods such as palm vein scanning and fingerprinting, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
South Koreans aged 14 or older can use the service after prior registration with their identification cards at the airports, the ministry said.
“The new system will reduce errors that occurred when visually inspecting passengers’ identifications and cut the amount of time spent on the check-in process,” a ministry official said.
The ministry is planning to expand the service to other local airports, in Gimhae, Daegu and Cheongju, by the end of this year.
It is also in talks with other relevant governmental bodies over implementing the system at Incheon International Airport, the country’s main gateway, which is located west of Seoul.