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JAL Group to Test E-Airport Procedures

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Monday, 15 January 2007

The JAL Group has agreed to participate in evaluation testing of e-airport procedures: SPT Trial 2007 (Simplifying Passenger Travel) implemented by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (MLIT) and Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in coordination and cooperation with related companies.

The test aims to evaluate the future model for passenger procedures in which airline check-in and boarding pass issuing procedures and government immigration control procedures are performed at the same time by utilizing information transmission technology and biometrics technology in airport passenger procedures. The JAL test will be held in Passenger Terminal 2 at Narita Airport.

JAL Group customers taking part will be issued with a trial IC card containing the holders passport data, biometrics data (such as fingerprints) and frequent flyer membership number, to use to check-in at a self-check in machine and to verify their identify and receive a boarding pass at the same time when going through an automatic-gate in the immigration control area at Narita Airport.

In the test, check-in procedures will be simulated, and the IC card will be effective only for the test period. By examining the results of the test, the JAL Group aims, in coordination with related government offices, to simplify and shorten airport procedures and provide secure and more convenient international air travel.

The test period is planned between January 30, 2007 and March 23, 2007. Customers participating in the test will include members of JALs frequent flyer programs such as JAL Global Club members and JAL Mileage Bank. Members are selected on a voluntary basis.

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