No you are not in a sci-fi movie, only at Dubai airport …
Dubai International Airport don’t let the crisis take over. Resolutely turned towards the future, it has just set up systems that will make it possible to get rid of passports, and therefore potentially long and tedious queues inherent in air transport.
Indeed, thanks to a mixture of facial and retinal recognition, passengers can check-in for a flight, complete immigration formalities, or board their plane without even contacting staff and simply through the airport, through the smart gates in place. The whole process would take between 5 and 9 seconds. It’s a dream come true for air travelers who are used to waiting hours between their arrival in the terminal and the actual departure of their plane …
Fight against covid-19
To date, nearly 3000 people daily use this new technology, straight out of a science fiction movie. It is accessible to all travelers 17 years and over who show up at the Emirates airline counter and request to be registered in the biometric system.
It should be noted that since it drastically reduces the number of human contacts during the transit process, this system could also contribute to the fight against the spread of Covid-19.
Finally, to the many concerns expressed on the protection of privacy and personal data, Obaid Mehayer Bin Suroor, deputy director of the General Directorate of Residence and Foreign Affairs, underlines that the Dubai Immigration Office “protects totally âthis data so thatâ no third party can see it â.