Man uses an NFC chip implanted in his hand as his boarding pass
Here’s what happened, in the words of a blog post he published today:
“A few weeks ago I had an NFC chip implanted into my hand, just beneath the skin. While I am certainly not the first person to have an NFC implant, I am probably one of the first travelers to pass through Stockholm Arlanda airport, 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.”
Here’s a video to show and discuss the experiment. It was done in collaboration with SAS and Sjöström’s employer, tech consultancy Sogeti.
To be clear, Sjöström had the implant injected into his hand through a large needle. Needless to say, SAS has no plans to offer this as an option for passengers. But the stunt does open a potential window into our shared futures.
This story was first reported by Mic, which has additional interviews: “This Is the First Man to Board a Plane Just by Waving His Hand”
Sean O’Neill is Editor-in-Chief of Tnooz.
Before joining us, Sean was the future of travel columnist at BBC Travel, senior editor of BudgetTravel.com, and an associate editor at Kiplinger’s. He now lives in New Jersey, after a four-year stint in London. Follow him on Twitter.