Mallorca embraces futuristic airport check-In

Facial recognition boarding at Palma airport

Palma International Airport, Mallorca Credit: Peter Titmuss/

Technicians have introduced a cutting-edge facial recognition system at Palma Airport, Mallorca, marking a significant leap in travel technology.

Aimed at Vueling passengers this voluntary system, introduced on Tuesday, February 13, will enable a smoother airport experience by allowing them to bypass traditional ID and boarding pass checks.

This innovation, excluding children, promises an effortless boarding process facilitated through the Vueling app, where passengers register by scanning their ID card and taking a selfie.

Initially trialled on the Barcelona-Malaga route in 2022, this biometric technology has now been expanded to several key airports including Palma, Menorca, Ibiza, Barcelona, and Madrid, with plans to extend to Tenerife Norte and Gran Canaria.

The system not only streamlines security checks but also offers a dedicated boarding queue which further enhances the convenience for travellers.

Passengers need to register for biometric facial recognition once, with subsequent flights requiring only app reactivation.

Aena, the airport operator, securely stores the biometric data, making it available exclusively to security forces upon request. This measure ensures passenger privacy while maintaining high security standards.

The implementation at Palma Airport currently features identification screens in two departure areas, with Aena planning to increase the availability of facial recognition devices.

The success of this initiative in Mallorca suggests a trend that could see other airlines and European airports adopting similar technology in the near future, revolutionizing the way we travel.

Mallorca, known for its innovation and tourist-friendly initiatives, is at the forefront of this technological advancement, enhancing the island’s appeal as a leading travel destination.

As the system gains traction, it’s anticipated that the ease and efficiency it brings to airport procedures will set a new standard for air travel, making Mallorca a pioneer in passenger experience innovation.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • Jimmy Nessbit

      15 February 2024 • 18:00

      This is not cutting edge anything, this is genuinely about a police state, once you sign into this rubbish you will be in every police data bank anywhere in the world. YES YES I know, if you have not committed a crime why should you care but you should care, every single day we are losing our freedoms. The EU is one of the worst, the unelected leaders introduce laws we never knew about, no one discussed it with joe public, they suddenly announce a NEW LAW. Be very warry of this new facial recognition, it is not perfect and if you come close to some genuine criminal you will be arrested and it can take days before the authorities admit they got it wrong, do not just accept all these new methods of making your live easy, the authorities really don´t care about you in the slightest. They care about control only.

      • John Smith

        15 February 2024 • 18:04

        I used to work with someone who had his passport stolen and it turned out it was used by Carlos the Jackal! On one of his regular journeys, he arrived in Italy and was promptly arrested at the airport, disappearing for 24 hours before eventually being released. From then on he carried a document from Interpol stating that he really wasn’t Carlos.

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