TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Flying out of TIA may soon be a little easier for international travelers.
Airport officials announced facial recognition technology will be tested out a few of the international gates, to help improve boarding times and make the process safer.
"It feels a little bit like the matrix right now, because it's so new, but we do think that at some point this is going to become just a normal part of the flying experience," said Emily Knipps, an airport spokesperson.
International travelers will still need to bring their passports for other security checkpoints, but they will be able to put them away after reaching their gate. The biometric software will do a face scan to confirm the passenger's identity before boarding.
The FAA is pushing for airports nationwide to begin implementing the technology. Orlando International Airport was the first airport in the country to use the software for all international flights.
"It's hard to trick facial recognition," said Knipps. "The idea behind it is that it is more secure, it is more accurate in screening people."
But privacy concerns are high among some travelers. Others say they look forward to trying it out.
"If it is safer and more convenient, I'm all for it," said Eric Fronczak.
TIA is also planning to test out so-called e-gates located at the shuttle entrance. Normally, attendants scan travelers' boarding passes and check IDs. The new automated e-gates will allow passengers to scan their boarding passes themselves.
The pilot programs for facial recognition technology and the e-gates are expected to start this summer.