Airports and airlines are installing futuristic technologies

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Airports and airlines are installing futuristic technologies
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AIRPORTS and airlines are installing futuristic technologies in preparation for when travel restrictions are finally eased.

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Touchless technologies, such as digital toilet queues, and systems that monitor passengers temperatures throughout flights, will be used to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading.

High-tech safety measures are already being installed in Avalon Airport in Melbourne, Victoria’s second busiest airport.


Airport boss Justin Giddings has installed a new security screening system which eliminates the hassle of having to remove technology and liquids from carry-on bags, news.com.au reported.

The advanced technology is aimed at reducing public touchpoints and congregating in queues, he said.


The airport has also installed touchless check-in screens and bag drop systems.

Before the pandemic, airports were working to use touchless check-in screens to speed up the process. That technology will likely be used to prevent the virus from spreading.

Instead of handing over passports, a biometric device may be used to scan passengers’ faces as soon as they check in.

Aaron Hornlimann, chief executive of Elenium Automation, said in-flight services will have to change as a result of the pandemic.

He predicts safety cards and food menus will be scrapped, they will instead be be accessible digitally via your phone.

Queues for the bathroom will be eliminated, with passengers forced to book a spot through an app.

Airlines will likely introduce technology to track passenger health throughout the flights.

‘Like FitBit can track your sleep, an airline will be able to track your temperature for example,’ he said.

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