Dubai airports check-in to take just 20 seconds

DUBAI Imagine checking in at the airport within 20 seconds? Or breeze through immigration and clear security without having to offload your laptop, watch, wallet and other personal belongings? Or get a smart device that can guide you through every step of your journey?

Well, all this and more will soon be a reality at Dubai Airports, thanks to a host of new technologies being launched in the coming months.

Speaking at ?The Future of Borders?, the first international conference hosted by the General Directorate for Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai on Wednesday, Major General Ahmed Al Marri, Director General, GDRFA Dubai, said, ?We will soon launch the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) to support direct flight connections to 149 cities. The system will reduce passenger check-in procedure to less than 20 seconds.?

Laila Hareb, Assistant Director General, Strategy and International Affairs, General Civil Aviation Authority, explained how the APIS data base can help different departments to do a risk analysis prior to a passenger?s departure or arrival. It can also monitor and track transit of passengers and enhance security. The system, which captures data form passports, will pave the way for ?board? or ?no board? approvals.