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Delta's fingerprint scanner IDs flyers sans boarding pass

Forgot your boarding pass? No problem. Use Delta's fingerprint scanner instead.

Delta passengers leaving from Reagan Washington National Airport can now scan their fingerprints to board a plane. 
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Delta SkyMiles members flying from Reagan Washington National Airport in Northern Virginia no longer need a paper or mobile boarding pass to get on their plane.

The airline announced Thursday morning that "eligible" SkyMiles customers can now board National flights via fingerprint scanner. Delta's "biometric boarding pass" program, first announced in May in partnership with a company called Clear, initially only granted fingerprint access to Delta's Sky Club. Now select customers can get on their planes without having to bring along separate boarding passes. 

The program is still in the early stages, though, with eligibility currently limited to Delta SkyMiles customers signed up for CLEAR's airline security service. 

"Once we complete testing, customers throughout our domestic network could start seeing this capability in a matter of months -- not years," Gil West, Delta's senior executive vice president and COO, said in a statement

Using fingerprint scanners to check bags is also in the works, according to Delta.