If you’re fed up constantly fumbling for your boarding pass at security, in duty free and the boarding gate, here’s a time-saving – if rather extreme – solution: why not have your flight details implanted in your body?
One Swedish man took this dramatic step to make his journey through Stockholm airport quicker having a microchip carrying his frequent flyer details embedded under his skin.
Andreas Sjostrom had an NFC chip implanted in his hand, containing details of his Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonus member ID.
As he went through Stockholm Arlanda airport, he simply touched his hand on NFC scanners to get through security, the lounge and the gate.
Check out the video below to find out more. Warning: the end of the video includes graphic footage of the chip being inserted.
Sjostrom is vice president of a digital technology firm which worked with SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) on the experiment. Members of the airlines EuroBonus Gold scheme already have access to NFC tags and each tag uses encryption to protect the EuroBonus ID data.
Keen to stress this was just an experiment, Sjostrom wrote on his blog that there were “no plans of actual public implementation”.
Sjostrom isn’t convinced chip implantation will be the way forward for airports: “I think this is a step of experimentation. In the future we may have things you can put on top of the skin instead. But just to find out what are the scenarios are really key”
However he believes it will be more common to put electronics and digital things within the human body, especially as sensor technology gets small, pointing to the existence of pacemakers.
Although probably not like the Russian engineer who surgically inserted a travelcard under his skin.
While chip implants are some way off, the printed boarding pass is certainly an endangered species: more airlines are adopting mobile boarding passes, so you just show a QR code on your phone to board a flight, while chips in our passports should allow you to go through ePassport gates more quickly.
Photo credit: YouTube/Andreas Sjostrom. Main picture for illustrative purposes only
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