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Delta expands offer to domestic travelers
ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines is rolling out facial recognition for some domestic travelers at its Detroit hub, an expansion of the biometric technology beyond international flights.
The move was made after Delta offered in 2018 what it called a “biometric terminal” for international travel using facial recognition at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta’s Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal. The system uses U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s traveler verification service, which has a database of travelers’ photos from their passports.
For domestic travel, passengers often use driver’s licenses from different states as their IDs to fly, so there isn’t a complete national database of photos to draw on for facial recognition.
In Detroit, Delta is starting facial recognition as an option for domestic travelers who have passport numbers, are members of the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck trusted traveler program, and who store that information in their Delta app SkyMiles profile.
Starting this month, customers in Detroit who meet those requirements can opt in on the Delta app and go through a dedicated PreCheck checkpoint using facial recognition in place of a physical ID and boarding pass.
— Cox Newspapers
Pizza shops gear up for Super Bowl boom
From stockpiling toppings to doubling the number of workers on the schedule, pizza restaurants across the U.S. are preparing for what stands to be their most lucrative Super Bowl Sunday in history.
With the pandemic still raging, 72% of Americans have no party plans, up 23 percentage points from last year, according to a survey by National Retail Federation. Only 3% who plan to watch the game will go to a bar or restaurant. That means ordering in pizzas and chicken wings will be the default dining solution for tens of millions of households, driving demand for national chains — from Domino’s Pizza Inc. to Papa John’s International Inc. — and local restaurants alike.
Coast to coast, pizza parlors just wrapped up one of their strongest years ever. For several weeks last spring, pizza chains were among the only establishments delivering to homebound customers in some parts of the U.S.
Domino’s reported U.S. same-store sales growth of 17.5% last quarter, while Papa John’s sales soared 23.8% in North America — well above pre-pandemic levels. Both companies’ shares rose more than 30% in 2020.
— Bloomberg News (WPNS)
Arkansas Index up 2.08, ends at 530.03
The Arkansas Index, a price-weighted index that tracks the largest public companies based in the state, closed Friday at 530.03, up 2.08.
The index was developed by Bloomberg News and the Democrat-Gazette with a base value of 100 as of Dec. 30, 1997.