Recently, Gulf News reported that a new passenger pre approval system that vets air travelers 48 hours before their flight is dramatically speeding up the control of passport checks at Dubai airports.
According to the report, the system developed by Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDFRA) has cut down the time it takes to clear passport control from four minutes to 10 seconds.
A senior official at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDFRA) Brigadier Talal Ahmed Al Shanqeti told Gulf News that the system will fully be operational in all Dubai airports’ arrival and departure terminals by year’s end 2018.
Al Shanqeti also said that the Next Generation Borders system collects details of passengers two days before they board a plane. According to reports, the system starts to collect the data when a passenger buys an airline ticket.
Brigadier Al Shanqeti disclosed that they have an agreement with Emirates airlines that requires the carrier to update its systems with details of passengers 48 hours prior to their flight.
According to reports, the system makes necessary checks on passengers before issuing a clearance to the passport control officials who will now require only 10 seconds to stamp a passenger’s passport rather than the three minutes it used to take in the past.
Al Shanqeti said the system is already being fully implemented at Dubai international Airport’s Terminal 3 while Terminals 1 and 2 at the airport as well as Al Maktoum International Airport are expected to be 100 per cent ready by the end of the year.
Al Shanqeti also noted that about 65 employees are working the command room checking passenger’s details and sending clearance to passport control officers who’d now only have to identify the passenger in front of them before stamping a passport.
Al Shanqeti said the new system will help improve clearance time for passengers.
According to Al Shanqeti, the GDFRA has 1,600 passport control officers working around the clock. A passport controller in Dubai clears about 55,000 passengers a year on an average while globally the average is about 17,000 passengers. With this new system, Al Shanqeti said better results will be achieved.