Abu Dhabi Airports to launch touchless boarding technology

Abu Dhabi Airports to launch touchless boarding technology

The technology will be tested on Etihad Airways flights to the US before rollout

Abu Dhabi Airports has announced that it will implement advanced biometric technology at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The cutting-edge system uses smart cameras to capture an image of passengers' facial features to confirm whether they're cleared to travel. The image is then used as their passport to offer a seamless experience throughout their travel journey from the time they arrive at the airport to the time they board their flight.

The technology will be implemented gradually. Its first phase is currently being tested at the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility in Abu Dhabi International Airport, the only US immigration pre-clearance service in the region that allows passengers to clear US immigration while they're still in the UAE. 

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Commenting on the news, Abu Dhabi Airports managing director and CEO Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri said: "We are looking forward to leveraging this holistic biometric technology, the first of its kind in the UAE and the world, to further enhance our passenger journey.

"The project will commence at Abu Dhabi International Airport and will then be transferred to the new Midfield Terminal in the future as we continue to be committed to enhancing the airport services and experience. We also take this opportunity to recognise Etihad, the first airline to use this technology, as well as Next50, our technology partner, and the UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, without which today’s ground-breaking announcement would not have been possible." 


This system is wholly financed by Abu Dhabi Airports and delivered by Abu Dhabi-based tech company Next50. 

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