Lufthansa has launched a boarding process for Flight 461 from Miami International Airport to Munich that uses facial recognition rather than boarding passes. The carrier began a trial of the biometric boarding program at Los Angeles International Airport last year and plans to expand the process to more US airports. According to SITA, the airline technology company, 71 percent of airlines and 77 percent of airports plan major biometrics identification management research and development in the next three years. The efforts are expected to move travelers more efficiently, as the International Air Transport Association forecasts the number of air passengers will reach 8.2 billion globally in 2037, double those who flew in 2017. IATA launched One ID in 2017, an initiative that seeks to get passengers from curb to gate using biometrics.