Virtual aquarium tunnel to scan passengers’ faces at Dubai airport
Airline passengers leaving Dubai will pass through a virtual aquarium tunnel that will scan their faces as they walk, according to The National. The tunnel will have about 80 cameras that can detect explosive materials. Travelers will no longer have to pass through e-gates or wait in line at security counters.
Major Geneneral Obaid Al Hameeri, deputy director general of Dubai residency and foreign affairs, said the virtual reality images will attract the travelers' vision to different corners, allowing the cameras to capture their faces.
The display can be altered to offer other settings, or to display advertisements.
Passengers that are approved to continue will receive a green message at the end of the tunnel. Those that need to be questioned will get a red sign.
The first tunnels will be installed by the end of the summer of 2018 at Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport. Installations will continue at other Dubai terminals through 2020.
Officials came up with the idea as they were considering ways to accommodate the increasing number of passengers.