SAS launches biometrics at airports all over Sweden

Pressmeddelande   •   Nov 30, 2006 15:43 CET

Press release
Scandinavian Airlines Sverige AB
SE-195 87 Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: +46-8-797 00 00
Telephone, duty press officer: +46-8-797 33 30

SAS Sweden is to launch a new biometric system throughout Sweden. You travel
using your fingerprint, which is matched to your checked baggage. This makes the
check-in process easier and improves security. The new technology will be
launched during November and December at almost all airports served by SAS in

"We work hard to make flying with SAS within Sweden smooth and easy, and one way
of doing so is to use the latest technology. The new biometric system speeds up
check-in," says Susanne Dahlberg, commercial director of Scandinavian Airlines

The new system, the only one of its kind in the world, offers many benefits. You
register your fingerprint when handing in your baggage and again at the gate. In
this way you are automatically matched to your checked baggage. The new system
eliminates the need to show photographic ID. Your fingerprint is the means of

After completion of the trip, your fingerprint in automatically erased by the
system. The use of fingerprint ID is optional. Those who prefer may still travel
with an identity card or passport.

The biometric system has been developed by Precise Biometrics. Its introduction
means SAS is the first airline to meet the security requirements agreed by the
EU in the spring. In the long term, fingerprint reading will take place in
connection with all flights within Scandinavia. The technology is expected to
affect some 10 million travelers a year.

The system applies at check-in for all trips on SAS' Swedish domestic routes
under the "Nya Inrikesflyget" concept. Tickets are available from SEK 450.

The biometric system has already been introduced at the following airports:
Luleå , Ängelholm, Ronneby, Sundsvall, Östersund and Umeå.

The next destination in line to receive the system is Malmö on December 5 after
which the following timetable applies:

Växjö - December 7
Skellefteå - December 12
Kiruna - December 12
Kalmar - December 14

For further information, please contact:
Susanne Dahlberg, Commercial Director, Scandinavian Airlines Sverige,
tel +46 70 997 5074

Mini profile of Scandinavian Airlines Sverige, subsidiary of the SAS Group:
Passengers: Approx. 6 million per year
Aircraft: 42
Employees: 2,500
Takeoffs/landings: 300 per day
Destinations: 44, from and within Sweden
Scandinavian Airlines is now the airline that sells most low-price tickets in