As advances in technology accelerate in scale and pace, everyday human activity will increasingly continue to be disrupted and – hopefully – improved.


One way that technological disruption is touching the lives of human beings can be seen in the travel, tourism and aviation sectors and their related infrastructures. Of particular interest is biometrics and the concept of ‘Single Travel Token’.

Imagine that, instead of waiting in a line to get your boarding passes, you head straight to your gate, which is nearly queue-less, and all the information that immigration, customs and flight officials need can be accessed by you simply putting your hand onto a screen or putting your eye to a camera.

Say goodbye to your passport, say goodbye to boarding passes.

This is what travellers can expect once the concept of Single Travel Token hits mainstream. Single Travel Token is the term given to the process whereby a match between your biometrics and your passport is created so you don’t have to flash your documents. In effect, your unique physiological features become your passport. 

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In Orlando, Florida, biometrics are being rolled out, in full. Orlando International Airport will be the first US airport to fully deploy the US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Biometric Entry and Exit Program.

Boarding will now be much faster and easier with secure biometric exit checks. British Airways has already boarded flights of nearly 240 passengers in around 15 minutes thanks to the biometric technologies.

Passengers are simply required to look at the camera and they’re ready to go – no passports, no boarding passes. All international flights will be 100% biometric-boarding ready by October at the airport.