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One ID

One ID introduces an opportunity for the passenger to further streamline their journey with a document-free process based on identity management and biometric recognition. Passengers will be able to identify themselves at each airport touchpoint through a simple biometric recognition. The objective is to achieve a truly interoperable system coordination between airports, airlines and governments.


In order to reduce repetitive identity checks and create a seamless flow, One ID seeks to introduce a robust, integrated identity management across the end-to-end passenger process that allows an individual to assert their identity online or in person. This should be done to the required level at every process step while maintaining the privacy of personal data. 

Download Detailed One ID Concept paper and the One ID End State and Key Principles .

“In parallel, we are looking to global standards to help passengers navigate the airport without having to prove their identity over and over. IATA's One ID project proposes face, iris or fingerprint recognition to seamlessly move passengers from curb to gate. The technology exists today. And we will be urging governments-vital partners to make One ID work-to move quickly.” Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA.



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One ID will bring multiple benefits to all stakeholders: passengers, airlines/airports and governments.
The main benefits are listed below, related to the stakeholders who will benefit the most.

Passengers: seamless experience with one single identification 

One ID will provide a “seamless” journey and improve the overall passenger experience. Passengers will no longer need to juggle between different documents. With a single identification, they will be easily recognized by all service providers. This will eliminate repetitive processes, resulting in less queuing. Ultimately, it will enable passengers to arrive at the airport ready to fly in nearly every travel scenario.

Airlines/Airports: cost-effectiveness & efficiency

One ID will improve staff productivity by reducing time spent on manual ID checks. It will also provide real-time visibility of where passengers are in the airport process, possibly allowing smart queuing. This all will help optimize airport space efficiency. Ultimately airlines will benefit from all the passenger process improvements with happy customers, which is likely to translate into commercial opportunities. 

Governments: enhanced security

One ID will enable improvements in border, aviation and airport infrastructure security. It will help combat human trafficking and other cross-border criminal activities by reducing the possibility for individuals to cross borders under a false identity.

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