The carrier added that “Agents will continue to ensure customers have their passports with them before departing”, and stressed that customers choosing not to take part in the trial may continue to use their boarding pass.
AA said it will use the pilot programme to “evaluate its potential expansion to more flights and locations throughout its global network”.
Commenting on the news Suzanne Boda, Senior Vice President of Los Angeles at American, said:
“LAX is American’s gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, making it the perfect location for American to launch biometric boarding.
“The goal of the new technology is to provide a more efficient, modern experience for our customers and team members while enhancing aviation security. That is exactly what we’ve been working to do here in Los Angeles.”
AA is the latest in a line of carriers and airports to launch biometric trials. Earlier this month rival US airline Delta launched “the first end-to-end biometric terminal in the US” at Atlanta airport. Business Traveller was at the event to trial the new technology, and subscribers can read the report here.
Emirates also recently announced what it is referring to as the world’s first “biometric path” at Dubai airport’s Terminal 3, and Heathrow has plans for a new £50 million biometrics project, which it says will see the airport offer “the world’s largest deployment of biometrically enabled products including bag drops and self-boarding gates”.
And back in the US British Airways has been trialing biometric boarding and arrivals technology at airports including LA, Orlando, Miami and JFK.