Man Uses Implanted Chip As His Boarding Pass

Open Jaw

Having just returned from a beach vacation in Mexico, Open Jaw is no stranger to implants. But this story is about another type of surgically-implanted device, one which enabled a Swedish technology consultant to travel through Stockholm’s Arlanda airport and board an SK flight by simply waving his hand at the electronic gates.


Here’s how Andreas Sjöström described the experience on his blog:


“A few weeks ago I had an NFC (near field communication) chip implanted into my hand, just beneath the skin. While I am certainly not the 1st person to have an NFC implant, I am probably one of the 1st travellers to pass through ARN, through security, at the lounge, and finally through the gate to the aircraft, using only the chip in my hand.


“My NFC chip contains my Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonus member ID, and since the airport has NFC readers all the way from security to the gate, I can use the chip instead of ordinary boarding passes.”


The experiment was done in collaboration with SAS and Sjöström’s employer, tech consultancy Sogeti.


Sjöström had the implant injected into his hand through a large needle. Needless to say, SAS has no plans to offer this as a requirement – or even an option - for its pax. But as travel tech website Tnooz puts it, “the stunt does open a potential window into our shared futures.”


You can watch a video of the experiment here.

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