Passports a thing of the past? Dubai Airport trials paperless travel


New technology means you could soon be able travel internationally without a passport or boarding card…

Good news for those who have a habit of losing things – passports and boarding cards could soon be a thing of the past.

According to a report by Australian Business Traveller, Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Emirates Airlines are set to trial new technology using passengers’ individual biometric data, like fingerprint and face recognition, in a move that shows how the face of travel is changing for the future.

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The technology, named ‘One ID’ has already been trialled on flights between London and Dubai, and it’s set to be tested on Dubai to Australia flights this year too.

In the future it’s predicted that a paperless system will become the norm for global international travel, and will be rolled out across check-in desks, passport counters, duty-free shops, airport lounges and boarding gates around the world.

Whilst the official dates for the newest trial have not yet been confirmed, it’s expected that they will start later this year.

Speaking at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) AGM and World Air Transport Summit in Seoul, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths explained that the ultimate goal is to expand biometrics across the globe using a single passenger identifier, so that ideally, the collection of data would only need to happen “once in any passenger’s lifetime.”

No more digging around for your boarding card or passport then…

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