DUBAI: First and business class passengers can now pass through Dubai airport’s passport control without providing actual passports, UAE daily Khaleej Times reported.
Dubai Airports’ “Smart Tunnels” were installed for a trial phase at the airport’s terminal three, potentially cutting passport control procedures down to 15 seconds.
The tunnels use iris and face recognition technology while passengers pass through a white tunnel with a digital floorboard, and they no longer have to go through passport stamping.
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General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) said that more smart projects are coming ahead, including electric cars that transport passengers to the airport.
“The car will collect passengers’ information, including the weight of the luggage, on the way to the airport and will deliver boarding pass in the car itself. It is all done by the smartphone,” Assistant General Director of Smart Services of GDRFA Major Khalid Al-Felasi added.
The GDRFA in Dubai is working with Emirates airline on the projects.