In Dubai Airports your passport becomes your face

By Olga_Gafurova Monday, 22 February 2021 5:31 PM

In Dubai Airports your passport becomes your face

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Utilising the latest biometric technology — a mix of facial and iris recognition — passengers can check in for their flight, complete immigration formalities, enter the Emirates lounge and board their flights, simply by strolling through the airport.

The new project by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA)-Dubai called the “Biometric Passenger Journey” will ease travel through Dubai Airports in cooperation with Emirates. The new project has now been launched at Dubai International Airports to create a contact-free travel journey and to cut down on queues in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new touchpoints, which are now open for Emirates passengers travelling through and from Dubai, let travellers to check in, cross the passport control zone and board flights without coming in contact with the airline staff. The 122 smart gates will allow passengers to walk through between five to nine seconds only based on the passenger’s movement and steps to finish the procedures.

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director (GDRFA), Dubai, said the new system is a step into the future of travelling. “We are pleased to roll out these new initiatives at Dubai Airports in collaboration with Emirates and our airport stakeholders. The Smart Tunnel was running smoothly, and we are now mobilising the biometric path for seamless journey,” said Maj Gen Al Marri.

“All these initiatives are in line with the government’s vision to be a world leader in innovation and public services. It will ultimately improve the traveller experience at the airport, and enhance the efficiency of our operations.”

Brigadier Talal Ahmad Al Shanqiti, General Director assistant of Ports Affairs in GDRFA-Dubai, said that the airport witnessed a dramatic increase in travellers as the emirate reopened its doors to tourists since July last year. “We have around 3,000 passengers per day using the biometric system. The smart gates were modified for the seamless journey. Passengers can choose between using the normal way of smart gates by using their Emiratis ID or by showing their faces to the gates, –  said Brig Al Shanqiti.

He added that any passenger need to register first at the check-in for Emirates where cameras will take the biometric data. Later the passenger can walk through to the aeroplane without showing any travel documents or boarding pass.

“In Dubai, your passport becomes your face. In seconds, passengers can check-in and walk through the smart gates. You don’t even need to show your boarding pass or passport before stepping into the aircraft,” Brig Al Shanqiti added.

He said that passengers over 17 years can register in the biometric path. “We ask the passengers to remove their masks as arriving to the smart gates to scan their faces. The system was on pilot phase in the last three months with zero mistakes.”

The state-of-the-art system will cut the use of papers as passengers won’t need the boarding pass. “In light of COVID-19, the biometric path will provide a contactless experience while travelling without afraid of touching any surfaces. Just show your face to the gates and you are all set for your flight,” said Brig Al Shanqiti.

Source: Gulf News