Apply face identification to detecting hijack of airplane

Xuanwen Luo, Qiang Cheng

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


That terrorists hijacked the airplanes and crashed the World Trade Center is disaster to civilization. To avoid the happening of hijack is critical to homeland security. To report the hijacking in time, limit the terrorist to operate the plane if happened and land the plane to the nearest airport could be an efficient way to avoid the misery. Image processing technique in human face recognition or identification could be used for this task. Before the plane take off, the face images of pilots are input into a face identification system installed in the airplane. The camera in front of pilot seat keeps taking the pilot face image during the flight and comparing it with pre-input pilot face images. If a different face is detected, a warning signal is sent to ground automatically. At the same time, the automatic cruise system is started or the plane is controlled by the ground. The terrorists will have no control over the plane. The plane will be landed to a nearest or appropriate airport under the control of the ground or cruise system. This technique could also be used in automobile industry as an image key to avoid car stealth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)534-541
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberPART 2
StatePublished - 2004
EventSensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C31) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense III - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 12 2004Apr 16 2004


  • Face identification
  • Homeland security
  • Image key
  • Recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Apply face identification to detecting hijack of airplane'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this