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Kuwait International Airport to revise plans for facial recognition technology

Kuwait International Airport to revise plans for facial recognition technology

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Plans to implement facial recognition at Kuwait International Airport’s newly-built T4 are in the ‘preliminary stages’ after a proposal was received from an unnamed international firm, airport authorities have revealed.

Yousef Al-Fouzan, Director General at Kuwait’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA), said on the terminal’s one-year anniversary that the technology is currently ‘under revision’.

Besides better passenger handling, the system will also be able to locate the whereabouts of passengers at all times, resulting in better airport services, he explained.

Kuwait’s civil aviation body is in the process of adding more features to the new terminal, according to the head of DGCA’s engineering department Saleh Al-Fadagi, who revealed that the plans would cost a total KD 46.4 million.

He also revealed that national carrier Kuwait Airways would begin flying directly to New York out of T4 this month once aviation safety measures are complete.

Kuwait International Airport has seen a spike of up to 10% in passenger traffic with the completion of the sprawling terminal, with officials expecting to bring the figure closer to six million passengers.

Kuwait launched its new airport terminal last year as part of its 2035 development plan, hoping it would push the country one step closer towards becoming a global financial and commercial hub.

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