This Major Hotel Chain Will Now Let You Check In With Just Your Face

Soon, all you may have to do to check in at Marriott hotels is show your face at the front desk. Literally.

The popular hotel chain is partnering with Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba to introduce facial recognition technology at its check-in desks. After trialing the new method at two Chinese properties, the company plans to take their facial recognition scan to America.

So how will it work? It sounds pretty simple – guests will scan their passport and enter their personal details while special cameras make sure the passport holder’s face matches the photo in the passport.

If the faces are a match, keys will be dispensed and guests can head straight to their room. Marriott expects the entire process can be completed in about 60 seconds, which is two minutes less than checking in with a human.

If all goes well during the test period, you can expect to see this tech at 6,500 Marriott hotels in the near future.