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Delta using facial recognition tech for checking baggage

Delta Air Lines has started using facial recognition technology at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to speed the process of checking baggage.

Four self-serve kiosks for checking bags have facial recognition technology to match travelers with their passport photos, Delta announced Tuesday.

The new kiosks, the first in the nation, are only for checking bags and don’t replace security lines, the company said.

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Travelers use their boarding passes to print check-in tags for their bags at the self-serve kiosks. Those with a passport can use the facial recognition feature. A Delta agent will check the IDs of those who don’t have a passport. The bags are then loaded onto a belt.

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The airline invested $600,000 in the four kiosks being tested throughout the summer, Delta spokeswoman Ashton Morrow said. The self-serve bag drops have the potential to process twice as many customers per hour, according to Delta.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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