Dubai International Airport will replace ID checks with a facial recognition aquarium

In a world in which people are increasingly willing to trade privacy for convenience, facial recognition seems to be a new frontier. And the foremost pioneers on that frontier now appear to be the folks at Dubai International Airport.

Airport officials plan to install a virtual tunnel-shaped aquarium equipped with 80 supposedly invisible cameras that will identify passengers as they walk through, in lieu of customs agents looking from your passport to your face and back. The first aquarium will be up and running by the end of next summer, according to The National. Emirates customers will be the first to experience the tunnel, but the airport plans to install more until 2020.

Facial recognition is popping up at more and more airports as a way to streamline the process of identifying passengers ahead of boarding, and it has its conveniences. You don't have to remember your passport or driver's license or other forms of ID, and the lines will theoretically move more quickly because people don't have to stop and wait for an official to check those IDs.

Dubai's aquariums seem to be taking the relaxation idea to a level no one else has thought of, but the aquariums serve a purpose other than to calm passengers as they head to their planes. 

“The fish is a sort of entertainment and something new for the traveler 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,” Obaid Al Hameeri, the deputy director general of Dubai residency and foreign affairs, told The National

The National reports that travelers will be able to register their faces at kiosks, and those scans will presumably be matched up with what the aquarium-tunnel cameras pick up as you pass through. 

If the cameras determine you are who you say you are, you'll get a green light at the end of the aquari-tunnel. If not, you'll get a red light, and an official will likely conduct extra screening of some kind. 

It's not clear what Dubai airport officials will do with these face scans after they have them. Do they keep them on file, assuming you'll return? Do they share this information with government officials in the United Arab Emirates? How about with officials in other countries? 

And face scans are just part one of a two-part plan. Soon, these aquariums may also have cameras that scan your irises. Just remember that when you're looking at all the pretty fish.

RELATED: The world's best airport opens an incredible new terminal

14 PHOTOS
The world's best airport opens an incredible new terminal
See Gallery
The world's best airport opens an incredible new terminal
An attendee uses a mobile phone in front of the 'Petalclouds' kinetic installation during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal which will open later this year, will feature an array of fast and seamless travel (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The departure transit hall is seen during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal which will open later this year, will feature an array of fast and seamless travel (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee demonstrates the automated luggage check-in system during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal which will open later this year, will feature an array of fast and seamless travel (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An automated robotic cleaner travels along the departure hall during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal which will open later this year, will feature an array of fast and seamless travel (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The 'Petalclouds' kinetic installation hangs in the Central Galleria area during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal which will open later this year, will feature an array of fast and seamless travel (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An attendee tests out the electronic tourist refund automated system during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal which will open later this year, will feature an array of fast and seamless travel (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The 'Immersive Wall' LED panel displays visuals at the security screening area during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal which will open later this year, will feature an array of fast and seamless travel (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Traditional Singaporean Peranakan houses are mocked up as part of an interior display in the Heritage Zone during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal which will open later this year, will feature an array of fast and seamless travel (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A worker tends to wall-hanging plants on the facade of Changi Airport's newly-built Terminal 4 in Singapore on July 25, 2017. Singapore's Changi Airport on July 25 held a media preview of its fourth terminal, which will open at a yet to be announced date later this year. The terminal, which relies heavily on automation and self-service machines, will be able to handle some 16 million passengers a year. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
An airport employee demonstrates the use of an automated immigration gate during a media preview at the departure hall of Changi Airport's newly-built Terminal 4 in Singapore on July 25, 2017. Singapore's Changi Airport on July 25 held a media preview of its fourth terminal, which will open at a yet to be announced date later this year. The terminal, which relies heavily on automation and self-service machines, will be able to handle some 16 million passengers a year. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A cleaner sweeps in the departure hall during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal, which is scheduled to open later this year, will feature an array of 'fast and seamless travel' (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Traditional Singaporean Peranakan building facades adorn a wall in the Heritage Zone during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal, which is scheduled to open later this year, will feature an array of 'fast and seamless travel' (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A sculpture piece titled 'Travelling Family' by Kurt Metzier stands in the departure transit area during a media preview of the new Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The terminal, which is scheduled to open later this year, will feature an array of 'fast and seamless travel' (FAST) technologies to speed people-processing without the need for human supervision, from face-recognition software to automated bag-tagging and checking. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Markets

NASDAQ 6,586.83 -42.23 -0.64%
S&P 500 2,564.98 -10.23 -0.40%
DJIA 23,273.96 -54.67 -0.23%
NIKKEI 225 21,733.10 36.45 0.17%
HANG SENG 28,341.89 36.01 0.13%
DAX 13,003.14 11.86 0.09%
USD (per EUR) 1.18 0.00 0.10%
USD (per CHF) 0.98 0.00 -0.03%
JPY (per USD) 113.32 -0.02 -0.01%
GBP (per USD) 1.32 0.00 0.14%

Can't get enough business news?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from retailer news to the latest IPOs delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.