Travelers passing through Dubai International Airport will soon have the option of traveling document-free. To streamline the experience for travelers, the airport will debut biometric technology to reduce transition time at both departure and arrival gates.
Emirates, just last month, became the first non-U.S. carrier to use biometric technology that is approved by immigration authorities in the United States. The airline also operates out of Terminal 3 in Dubai. With a mix of facial and iris recognition, Emirates passengers can check in, go to the Emirates Lounge and even board flights.
The airport is hoping to create a seamless experience for flyers. While an official launch date hasn't been given, a pilot phase of the latest biometric technology system will be launched in a few months. Much like the technology that Emirates uses, it will identify the passenger via facial scan and iris recognition.
With the technology, pre-screened flyers traveling through Dubai Airport won't need to show any paper documents at all such as boarding passes, at any point in the process from check-in to boarding.
Dubai International Airport is looking to the future and has already taken the necessary steps to incorporate future technology. The airport rolled out Smart Tunnels at Terminal 3, where selected flyers can use biometrics to go through passport control in 15 seconds or less.