By Courtney Trenwith
CEO Paul Griffiths says the emirate will become the first place in the world to allow air passengers to print baggage tags on their way to the airport, avoiding check-in desks altogether
Dubai flyers may soon be able to check-in their luggage while travelling to the airport.
In a world first, Dubai Airports is trialling technology that allows passengers to print out their bag tags in a taxi and then hand the luggage to security as soon as they arrive at the terminal.
Implemented along with online check-in, passengers would no longer need to see a check-in staff member.
“The idea is… you could deal with putting bag tags on bags before you actually arrive at the airport,” Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said during Arabian Travel Market in Dubai this week.
“So the taxi or limousine driver could print out the bag tag for you.
“You’d still go through the same security process when they arrive at the airport but… ultimately there would be no need to go to the check-in desk.”
Griffiths said it was still being determined how extensively or when the technology would be available but he believed Dubai would be the first place in the world.
Dubai Airports also is working to streamline security and immigration processes to create a faster and more efficient process as it marches towards 100 million passengers annually by 2020.
Dubai International Airport became the world’s busiest international airport in 2014, with 74 million passengers.