Dubai airports 'to get eye scanners to cut queues'

Time Out has news of plans for Dubai airports 'to get eye scanners to cut queues', according to GDRFA.

Passport queues could soon be a thing of the past at Dubai airports after a proposal was made for new smart immigration gates.

A senior official says the Eyen gate system would do away with the need to scan or check passports or e-Gate cards when fully operational.

Still in the planning phase, Eyen, which means 'Eye' in Arabic, would need no documentation at the terminal and instead allow free movement with a simple eye scan.

Captain Khalid Ebrahim Mohammad from General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Afffairs (GDRFA) told Gulf News the new service will initially for UAE residents exiting or re-entering the country.

"If the passenger wants, he or she can request for their passport to be stamped with the entry or exit stamp. But that’s up to the passenger," he said.

"If the passenger is blacklisted or if his or her passport has expired, the system will automatically flag it up and the passenger will not be allowed through passport control. Immigration officers will always be available near the gate for inquiries or assistance if needed."

It's the second big air travel announcement this month, following the confirmation that Any airline passengers passing through Dubai airport will soon have to pay for the privilege.

Confirmed as costing Dhs35, the new rule is effective for travel after June 30, 2016. Collection is the responsibility of the individual airlines, which means the levy will likely be applied at the time of booking.

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