Dubai airport has introduced the ‘smart travel’ system that allows passengers to travel without using their identification documents.
According to details, an integrated biometric contactless pathway has been introduced at Dubai International Airport, which was first revealed at GITEX in 2019. Authorities at the General
Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) have introduced the pathway on February 22.
A behind-the-scenes tour of the new system was given to media persons. The new smart system is based on safety in the post-pandemic world. The system works on face and iris recognition.
Passengers can now check-in for their flight, complete immigration procedures, enter the lounge facilities, and board their flights.
Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of GDRFA Dubai, spoke to the media, “In the future, we expect immigration terminals will not exist. People will be able to stroll through the airport to complete all formalities. The time taken to complete immigration formalities will solely depend on how fast an individual is able to walk.”
Eight such terminals have been set up at the first and business class check-in counters of Emirates Airlines. Moreover, a mart tunnel has also been set up near immigration counters at the first and business class departure terminal.
Brigadier Talal Ahmad Al Shanqeti, General Director assistant of Ports Affairs in GDRFA, Dubai, said 122 smart gates in the departure and arrival halls of Dubai Airports have been upgraded, so pre-registered passengers can use the system without the need for travel documents.
He added, “Passengers, can opt between smart gates or the new smart tunnel system. They can choose to use their Emirates ID or enter by showing their face at the gates.”
He further said that all passengers aged 17 can opt to use the biometric [athways. “At least 3,000 passengers use the biometric gates every day. The smart gates were modified for a seamless journey.”