Dubai: A new biometric system is to be launched at Dubai International Airport, officials announced on October 6. Passengers will no longer need a passport or boarding pass to travel from Dubai.
According to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) - Dubai, a pilot phase of the latest biometric technology which uses a mix of facial and iris recognition will be launched in a few months.
“It is a seamless airport journey in Dubai as passengers will no longer need to show their passports or IDs. Travellers can walk through the terminal to the airplane just by showing their faces,” said Major General Mohammad Al Merri, General Director, GDRFA - Dubai.
All biometric information will be stored on the GDRFA system for future travels.
Under the scheme and thanks to facial recognition technology, a pre-screened passenger no longer needs to show passport or boarding pass from the check-in counter to the aircraft.
Test runs allowed passengers to check in for their flight, complete immigration formalities, enter Emirates lounge and board flights, simply by strolling through the airport.
The "Biometric Passenger Journey" will ease the travel through Dubai airports in cooperation with Emirates Airline.
“We continue to improve our services with the latest technology and innovation and aim to provide a customer journey that is seamless and fast. Our collaboration with the GDRFA has resulted in the world’s first “Biometric path” – giving all our passengers a world-class travel experience at Dubai International Airport,” said Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer, Emirates.