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United Airlines now offering mobile app passport scans

United Airlines is the first United States-based airline to offer customers the ability to scan their passports to check in for international flights via the United mobile app on devices with iOS and Android operating systems, the airline said today.
Customers can access the passport scanning feature when checking in for international flights in the 24 hours before departure.

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What is biometrics?

Biometrics consists of using a part of you—a fingerprint, handprint, iris scan, voiceprint, even your DNA—to prove your identity. A fingerprint biometric can be used in two-factor authentication to identify you instead of, say, a PIN code. Or it can be required in addition to a PIN code, something known as multi-factor authentication. Security experts agree that having additional "factors" to prove someone's identity increases security.

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Do children need their own passport or can they be added to their parents’?

You should get a passport for your child or children (under 16 years) if you plan to fly to another country. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has recommended a policy requiring every individual who travels by air to have his or her own travel document. Some countries in the EU do allow other EU citizens to enter without a passport, however you and your family may be asked at any time to prove your identities, so the best practice for everyone, including your children, to have his or her own passport. This will ensure safe and easy entry and re-entry for your family.
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Do metal shields or jackets protect against unauthorized access?

The chip of the e-passport cannot be read if the booklet is placed in a metal jacket. The jacket forms a "Faraday cage" which prevents radio waves from reaching the chip's antenna. A metal shield, such as a metal insert in a page, is just as effective as it "decouples" the antenna and prevents it from resonating at the frequency of the radio waves.
If the radio waves cannot reach the chip's antenna and resonate it, then the chip cannot be powered and it cannot communicate.
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Will a non-working chip invalidate the e-passport and will I be denied entry?

ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) has definitely stated that an e-passport with a non-working chip must be regarded as a legitimate travel document, and the owner should not be denied entry based on this alone. It was recognised that a small percentage of chips will fail due to natural causes. Most border officials will advise that an e-passport with a failed chip should be replaced as soon as practicable.
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Do E-passports vary from country to country?

This comment is usually made in respect of comparing the passports of different countries in order to grade them or to try to remotely identify them. Practically all e-passports conform to the ICAO standard Doc 9303 (ICAO refers to International Civil Aviation Organization, an organization of the United Nations which contributes to the regulation of international civil aviation). They also implement a set of the minimum security standards. While there are small differences between the e-passports of different countries, they have overwhelmingly more in common than not.
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Was the e-passport introduced for facilitation reasons?

The reasoning behind this myth goes something like this: with e-passports governments can introduce automated border control to facilitate the passage of travellers through their borders. This leads to a saving of money, but also a lowering of standards as somehow criminals fool the biometric systems with plastic surgery, contact lenses or rubber finger tips. The whole system becomes a "glaring security breach".

The e-passport was primarily introduced to combat forgery.

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Will a non-working chip invalidate the e-passport and will I be denied entry?

ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) has definitely stated that an e-passport with a non-working chip must be regarded as a legitimate travel document, and the owner should not be denied entry based on this alone. It was recognised that a small percentage of chips will fail due to natural causes. Most border officials will advise that an e-passport with a failed chip should be replaced as soon as practicable.

However, it also recognised that criminals, finding that they cannot subvert the chip, will destroy it rather than risk being detected.

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Do E-passports vary from country to country?

This comment is usually made in respect of comparing the passports of different countries in order to grade them or to try to remotely identify them. Practically all e-passports conform to the ICAO standard Doc 9303 (ICAO refers to International Civil Aviation Organization, an organization of the United Nations which contributes to the regulation of international civil aviation). They also implement a set of the minimum security standards. While there are small differences between the e-passports of different countries, they have overwhelmingly more in common than not.
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What is biometrics?

Biometrics is using something you are-a fingerprint, handprint, iris scan, voiceprint, even your DNA-to prove you identity. A fingerprint biometric can be used in two-factor authentication to identify you instead of a PIN code for example. Many laptops now come with fingerprint scanners built into them.

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