Narita airport will be the first airport in Japan to adopt facial recognition for boarding. The system will be implemented spring of 2020 and will allow travellers to board the plane without showing a passport or boarding pass.
The detail regarding how exactly the system will work is yet to be released, but travellers will be tracked with cameras and compared to their registered photo. If that registered photo comes from the passport or is registered in another process is not known.
ANA and JAL are first
The All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) will be first to get the technology. It will later be rolled out to other airlines in sequences.
Narita is one of two main airports serving Tokyo, the other being Haneda.