So everyone is following the ongoing trend of facial recognition technology, and now travellers will have to go through a facial recognition security check.

Dubai International Airport has a smart idea for departing travellers for a security check: by walking through a virtual aquarium lined with facial recognition cameras.

As The National reportsthe virtual aquarium is tunnel-shaped and equipped with 80 cameras that can scan faces and irises as travellers walk through. The pictures inside the tunnel can be changed to display different landscapes, like deserts, or to display advertisements. Once a traveller reaches the end, they’ll either be cleared with the message “have a nice trip,” or a red sign will be displayed for a security alert.

The aquarium doesn’t just have the facial recognition technology: it also encourages passengers to look around, and enhance the quality of their face scan. “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 travelers to different corners in the tunnel for the cameras to capture his / her face print,” Major Gen Obaid Al Hameeri, deputy director general of Dubai residency and foreign affairs, told The National.

The project is developed in a partnership with the airline Emirates. The airport has plans to install the first three virtual tunnels by the end of 2018 summers at Terminal 3 where with other terminals following in phases until 2020. The concept for virtual walkways popped when the management was considering the accommodation of the increasing number of travellers passing through Dubai each year, with 124 million expected to pass through all Dubai airports by 2020.

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