UAE: smart phones to replace passports to board planes at Dubai airport

Dubai authorities have launched a new system that will enable travelers at the city’s international airport to use their smart phone in lieu of their passports to get on flights.

The system is called Emirates Smart Wallet and aims to further streamline travel movement across Dubai International Airport, UAE news agency WAM reported.

The scheme was launched Wednesday at the airport’s departure terminal and is at its first phase.

The smart phone contains traveler’s personal data, Emirates ID and passport information as well as the e-gate card data.

The ultimate goal is to cut back travel clearing procedures to the minimum, WAM reports.

Authorities are looking to make Dubai airport the smartest in the world with “focus on innovative and practical solutions that will be based on the “6s” – Smart, Speed, Saving, Service, Safety, Security.”

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