Emirates is set to launch the world’s first “biometric path” at Dubai International Airport, making the airport experience easier and faster for passengers, the airline announced on Monday.
Utilising the latest biometric technology – a mix of facial and iris recognition – Emirates passengers can soon check in for their flight, complete immigration formalities, enter the Emirates Lounge, and board their flights, simply by strolling through the airport.
The latest biometric equipment has already been installed at Emirates Terminal 3 and can be found at select check-in counters, at the Emirates Lounge in Concourse B for premium passengers, and at select boarding gates.
Once its internal tests are completed, Emirates will shortly launch trials for biometric processing at the other key customer points at the airport – check-in, lounge, and boarding gate – and subsequently at transit counters/gates, and for its chauffeur drive services.
Initially focused on First and Business class travellers, Emirates intends to extend the “biometric path” to Economy class travellers in Dubai, and in the future potential to other airports outside of Dubai, and also for its own dedicated crew check-in facility.
Emirates said that eventually, the “live” passenger tracking capability will also improve security and enable the airline to locate and assist ‘late’ customers who would otherwise miss their flights.
The move follows trials for the Smart Tunnel, a project by the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) in collaboration with Emirates, was launched earlier in October.
It is a world-first for passport control, where passengers simply walk through a tunnel and are “cleared” by immigration authorities without human intervention or the need for a physical passport stamp.
Source Credit: Arabian Business