Dubai airport begins using biometric tech at security

October 10, 2018
Dubai airport begins using biometric tech at security
A passenger walks through the Smart Tunnel at the airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Passport control looked a little different today in Dubai at the world's busiest airport for international travel. That's because Dubai International Airport debuted a new "smart tunnel." (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Passport control looks a little different in Dubai International Airport—the world's busiest for international travel.

That's because the debuted a new "smart tunnel" that uses biometric technology, instead of human checks, to allow some air travelers to complete passport control in just 15 seconds.

Passengers register at a kiosk before going through smart gates which use iris recognition to let them through.

Maj. Gen, Mohammed Ahmed al-Marri, director-general at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs, called it the "latest and most unique technology" and says the project has been in development for four years.

For now, it's just business- and first-class passengers who can use the facilities.

Dubai airport begins using biometric tech at security
A passenger walks through the Smart Tunnel at the airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Passport control looked a little different today in Dubai at the world's busiest airport for international travel. That's because Dubai International Airport debuted a new "smart tunnel." (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Dubai airport begins using biometric tech at security
A passenger walks through the Smart Tunnel at the airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Passport control looked a little different today in Dubai at the world's busiest airport for international travel. That's because Dubai International Airport debuted a new "smart tunnel." (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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