Tuesday 24 October 2017

Dubai Airport is replacing the security counter with 'face-scanning fish'

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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People travelling through Dubai Airport will no longer need to pass through any sort of security clearance - but will instead walk through a virtual aquarium which will scan their face.

The tunnel will have 80 cameras hidden behind high-quality images of an aquarium and will replace the traditional security clearance check at a counter.

"The fish is a sort of entertainment and something new for the traveller but, at the end of the day, it attracts the vision of the travellers to different corners in the tunnel for the cameras to capture his/her face print," Major Gen Obaid Al Hameeri, deputy director general of Dubai residency and foreign affairs, said.

"The virtual images are of very high quality and gives a simulation of a real-life aquarium."

The display can be altered to offer other natural settings, such as the desert.

After walking through the tunnel, the traveller will receive either a green message that reads "have a nice trip" or, if an alert is raised, a red sign will alert the operations room.

Major Gen Al Hameeri said; "And throughout the tunnel, the passenger does not feel anything, they pass through normally."

The Telegraph reports that the 'virtual border' will first be installed at Terminal 3 in Dubai Airport, but will be rolled out in all the other terminals before 2020.

The novel idea came about during discussions on how to best accommodate the continually increasing number of passengers travelling through Dubai Airport.

More than 124 million passengers are expected to pass through all Dubai airports by 2020.

Travellers will be able to register their face scans at kiosks all around the airport, and they will also be available during a promotional stage at a number of malls and hotels.

The airport is also introducing new Chinese devices which will be able to detect explosives.

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