Why the Washington Dulles Polaris Lounge is So Far Delayed and Transferring Credit Card Points to Friends

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  1. Well, at least they’re adding a lounge and it’s not removing an existing United Club (as with most conversions).

  2. gary, after so many comments about biometrics being “creepy,” i really get the feeling that you don’t understand how biometrics work. biometric scanners, whether they use faces, fingers, iris, et al, don’t keep images. they hash the data and store that hash. a hash cannot be used to reconstruct the original data, i.e. your face, fingerprint, etc.
    next time you have a body part scanned, the scanner uses the same algorithm to hash that image and compares it to the stored hash. if they match, it’s you.
    so using any kind of facial recognition to board, cross a border, or rent a car, does not give any entity more information than they already have. they know you are boarding, crossing a border, or renting a car whether you present ID or your face.

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