The future of the airports

  • Travel Dejavu
    Travel Dejavu
    December 5, 2016 at 6:56 am #7630

    Self-service air travel without queues. People are on the job.

    Check-in, Security & immigration is all about queues but not by 2k40.

    check yourself in
    Check in at a self-service desk and get boarding and other notifications on your smartphone. Passengers will get a biometric token which could be stored on a
    smartphone that serves as passport boarding pass and ID.

    Some European airlines send the boarding pass to your phone automatically 20 to 30 hours before departure (no need for separate check-in). You can print pass and
    baggage tags at an interactive kiosk.

    leave a fingerprint
    during check-in, passengers will be scanned for biometric information like facial features, iris patterns and fingerprints, which immigration officials will use to
    speed up checking.

    Aruba (Caribbean has facial-recognition cameras at every checkpoint i.e. bag drop, immigration, boarding- so you only have to show your passport once. Biometric
    scanners are on trial at Heathrow, London, Schipol, Amsterdam.

    Bye Bye lost bags
    Passengers leave bags at drop-off points connected to high-speed conveyor belts. Chips embedded in luggage tags track the bags by radio frequency and send updates to
    passengers’ smartphones

    In 84 airports in the US, Delta Airlines uses luggage tags embedded with RFID microchips loaded with traveller info. Passengers can track their bags using an app.

    Walk through security
    These scanners have a range of 50m and can detect banned goods and substances in or on passengers and luggage as travellers walk.

    Amsterdam’s Schipol airport started testing 3D scanners this month, travellers do not have to remove electronics and liquids from bags

    Follow a Robot
    While self-service means there are fewer staff around passengers can get help from artificial intelligence-enabled virtual assistants that respond in each person’s
    native language

    Tokyo Haneda airport is testing Hitachi EMIEW3 humanoid robots that give directions in Japanese or English.

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