Posted by William Charles on January 15, 2020
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Published on January 15th, 2020 | by William Charles

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Centurion Lounges To Start Using Optional Facial Recognition Technology

Check in agents at the Centurion Lounge at DFW have been telling customers that facial recognition is being rolled out and that will soon be an option when accessing the lounge. Thankfully this will be optional and users will still be able to access the lounge by showing your Platinum card as is standard now. I guess the advantage to facial recognition is that you’ll still be able to access the lounge if you’ve forgotten to bring your card but personally I won’t be setting this up.

Hat tip to reader Mike G



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debit

I read CBP will soon start collecting DNA samples too. Give it up. Your life belongs to the government and big corporations.

ExploreYourWorld
ExploreYourWorld

China 2.0

Jenny
Jenny

That’s only for detained illegal immigrants.

Dubya
Dubya

Optional? As a fraud prevention measure I don’t see how it will be optional. Most likely scenario is its on all the time. When/if the card presented does not match the face an embarrassing conversation takes place and entry is denied.

Chucks
Chucks

You don’t have to register and won’t have to register. You’ll just show photo ID

If you’ve managed to forge a photo ID and steal a credit card and buy a boarding pass, a buffet plate and a drink is the least of anyone’s concerns.

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

Just a matter of time before payment systems at retailers are set up in this manner. Use face recognition 3X at Best Buy and earn 500 UR points on transactions $25+.

Pointz
Pointz

People will lign up to get chip implanted in their hand when there will be 100k-200k bonus sign up

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

Pointz some will sell their child’s SSN for ad free videos.

Willy
Willy

The mark of the beast. Oh snaps I’m getting scared!

Sarah D
Sarah D

I’ll just hop over to Mexico to have it removed so I can churn it

david
david

Sure, just get it surgically removed and its churnable.

projectx
projectx

Interesting. I was just at the DFW Centurion 3 days ago and no mention of it, though I would have declined anyway. I did appreciate the massage though!

Lrdx
Lrdx

This doesn’t make sense to me. Isn’t the whole point of Centurion Lounge is to promote the card? Doesn’t AmEx want you to use the card when you are traveling (or in fact any time)?

Then why adding a feature that allows you not to have the card and still use it’s benefits?

Dubya
Dubya

A credit card is not a backpack you need to remember to bring with you. Do you go “oh I’m traveling now let me get my AMEX?” No, your cards are with you all the time. So just because you do not have to use the card to get in the lounge does not mean they are promoting not using or carrying the card.

Nick
Nick

To be honest, yes, I do only grab my plat when traveling. It’s not very useful otherwise. I doubt I’m alone in that within my niche of users (churners with more cards than wallet slots).

RobbTPC
RobbTPC

My wife, mom, and sister only grab their Platinum Cards when traveling. I don’t have mine on me 24/7 either as it’s wasted space in my wallet. Checking for our Platinum Cards is part of the “trip packing” list lol

Dubya
Dubya

Yes, well I should have qualified my statement by saying except for churners. Average consumers have about 3 cards. Links below. Amex or any bank is not making gearing their marketing to appeal to the churners.

https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/credit-cards/articles/how-many-credit-cards-does-the-average-person-have/

https://www.valuepenguin.com/average-number-credit-cards-per-person

Lrdx
Lrdx

That makes no sense.

Dubya
Dubya

You did not understand it. That is not the same thing as “it did not make sense”

Chucks
Chucks

There’s the trade-off between that and being cool and also being the cool of recognized as “an American Express member”. Like the magic of Amex should be somehow imbued in you the person than the mere bearer of a card. You don’t stop being Superman just because you take off the cape is I think marketers dream.

Dan
Dan

Fuck everything about this

Manta
Manta

Grow up and stop using such vulgar language.

Danny
Danny

Stop being mean.

raj
raj

“Fuck” is not really vulgar anymore, it is a pretty everyday word in the modern lexicon.

Dan
Dan

Maybe you are the one who needs to grow up.

Rick
Rick

Grow up

BlissfulApathy
BlissfulApathy

Ok, Boomer.

This is the internet. You can swear here. Get over your fear of words.

DP
DP

Amen, Dan. I do NOT love ‘big brother.’

Vy
Vy

“Starting in 2020, all Centurion Lounges will be used as de facto testing facilities for various biometric equipment. Don’t worry: your face, fingerprints, blood type, and genetic profile are all safe with us. Wink wink.”

Anon
Anon

The problem is a private company like American Express will have their employees unknowingly selling biometric data to the Russian mafia. That’s why I don’t participate in CLEAR at airports because it’s a private company and not managed by the government.

Chris
Chris

Just to add, government is not that trustworthy neither.

Ed
Ed

But you trust Experian & Equifax? Cool bro

Mark
Mark

I don’t think anyone said they do trust those companies. More importantly, you can choose to or not to do business with Amex or CLEAR. You have no such choice with TU/EX/EQ or any of the other data trolls out there.

K.M.
K.M.

Hello. If you carry another Amex card that is under your name and don’t have the platinum card in your possession, the front desk people in the centurion lounges can pull up your information. They can verify platinum card ownership that way.

Captain Planet
Captain Planet

Hi Doc, this is now Tom Cruise – Minority Report (movie) stuff with the facial rec. No thanks, but I did like using Clear for facial rec years ago with a free trial promo.

I used this Amex QR mobile app feature recently to access a Centurion lounge with two guests. Lots of kids in lounge, but to be expected since it was the holidays.

Customers with the Platinum Card® from American Express and the Business Platinum® Card from American Express, along with the ultra-premium Centurion Card, will have access to a new mobile check-in feature, helping to speed up lounge access while also further negating the need to travel with a physical Platinum or Centurion card.

Step 1: Tap “Find an Airport Lounge” in the Membership tab of Amex’s mobile app. (Do this part while at the airport, cannot preregister before arriving at the airport.)

Step 2: Read and tap past the check-in instructions, which only appeared on my first visit.

Step 3: Select the lounge you’d like to visit (note: only Centurion Lounges are eligible at this time).

Step 4: Tap through the lounge profile page (with updated descriptions from LoungeBuddy).

Step 5: Confirm your check-in.

Step 6: Display your QR code along with a same-day boarding pass and photo ID at the check-in desk within 30 minutes of completing the process through the app (or generate a new code after 30 minutes).

You still have to show the QR code, boarding pass & ID. However, no physical card is needed.

Cheers, mate.

chris
chris

Next time you see media whining about Chinese surveillance society, know we are not far behind.

Gary Leff

“I guess the advantage to facial recognition is that you’ll still be able to access the lounge if you’ve forgotten to bring your card”

Amex can look you up now if you’ve forgotten your card and confirm cardmemebrship.

mrredskin
mrredskin

Orwell was 40 years too early

gman
gman

My AMEX card is PERMANENTLY in my travel bag. Even with this new system, it would still be there. After all, that system could be DOWN on my next trip anyways.

Mark

I’ve been able to access the Centurion lounge in SFO without my Platinum card before, by using the Amex app and going through LoungeBuddy.

ed
ed

Bitcoin solves this

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