Emirates plans to launch the world’s first ‘biometric path’


12 November 2018

Emirates has said that it plans to launch the world’s first ‘biometric path’, which will offer its customers a seamless airport journey at the airline’s hub at Dubai International Airport (DXB). Using the latest biometric technology with a mix of facial and iris recognition, Emirates passengers can soon check in for their flight, complete immigration formalities, enter the Emirates Lounge, and board their flights, by simply strolling through the airport. The latest biometric equipment has already been installed at Emirates Terminal 3 (T3). This equipment can be found at selected check-in counters, at the Emirates Lounge in Concourse B for premium passengers, and at some boarding gates. Areas where biometric equipment is installed will be clearly marked. Trials for the Smart Tunnel were launched on 10 October 2018. It is a world-first for passport control, where passengers simply walk through a tunnel and are cleared by immigration authorities without human intervention or the need for a physical passport stamp. Once the internal tests have been completed, Emirates will launch trials for biometric processing at the other key customer points at the airport – check-in, lounge, and boarding gate – and subsequently at transit counters and gates, and for its chauffeur drive services. All biometric data will be stored with GDRFA, and customers invited to participate in the trials will be asked for their consent. Emirates’ biometric path will cover departures, arrivals, transit, chauffeur drive connections, and lounge access in Dubai. Initially focussed on first and business class travellers, Emirates intends to soon extend the biometric path to economy class travellers in Dubai and, in the future, potentially to other airports outside of Dubai and for its own crew check-in facility.

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