Flightsafety to try biometric student ID cards

 - March 31, 2008, 9:44 AM

Some FlightSafety International students will start evaluating a prototype biometric student identification card at the company’s facility in Vero Beach, Fla., where much foreign-airline ab initio training is conducted. The card, developed by the National Air Transportation Association, contains a photograph and fingerprint of the student. To gain access to aircraft, the student must first show the card to the dispatcher, who verifies that the student is the person pictured on the card and then swipes the card through a reading device while the student places his thumb on the reader. Once the reader verifies that the fingerprint of the student matches the fingerprint on the card, the student may proceed to the aircraft.