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Dubai Airport to DITCH security checks and replace them with aquarium full of FISH

The pioneering airport is throwing security checks out the window, in favour of fish. 

Dubai International will install an aquarium filled with virtual fish that can scan passengers’ faces as they walk through the tunnel underneath. 

The tunnel is on track to be opened by next summer and will replace the traditional security counters travellers use now. 

Biometric data will be collected from 80 hidden cameras as passengers pass through the eye-catching pathway.

Schools of fish will dart around with the intent to catch the person’s eye so that every angle of their face can be scanned by cameras. 

Major Gen Obaid Al Hameeri, deputy director general of Dubai residency and foreign affairs, told The National: “The fish is a sort of entertainment and something new for the traveller but, at the end of the day, it attracts the vision of the travellers to different corners in the tunnel for the cameras to capture his or her face print.

“We have been working for about four years to transform the procedure from the traditional counter and in the future we will not need the counter at all.

“There will be auditing, of course, but not through the counter.”

Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest hub for international passengers. 

In 2016 the site processed 83.6 million travellers. 

The tunnel will take about 15 seconds to walk through, drastically reducing wait time for travellers.

The first fish-scanning technology will be installed at Terminal 3, with other terminals to receive the aquariums by 2020. 

If you want to test out the new security checks, you’ll have to be pre-registered. 

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