ELLE (Australia) - - Fiction -

Ever been the vic­tim of a backof-an-uber panic at­tack pre-flight be­cause your pass­port was still sit­ting on the kitchen bench? Well, your run to the air­port is about to get a lit­tle less stress­ful. Fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy al­ready goes hand-in-hand with a pass­port check at most ma­jor air­ports, but it could soon mit­i­gate the need for the pesky lit­tle book al­to­gether. Thanks to a $22.5 mil­lion deal with the Aus­tralian govern­ment, tech com­pany Vi­sion-box will soon start tri­alling a pass­port-free sys­tem at Can­berra Air­port us­ing its ad­vanced bio­met­ric scan­ning tech­nol­ogy. It’s set to be rolled out na­tion­wide by the end of 2019, al­low­ing around 90 per cent of pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling in­ter­na­tion­ally to self-process.

Once you’ve sped through cus­toms, if you’re fly­ing busi­ness there’s a good chance that the most buzzed-about new thing for plane geeks, the Wa­ter­front seat, will be wait­ing for you, with a fully cus­tomis­able tem­per­a­ture, light and seat po­si­tion – con­trolled from an app on your phone. Best of all, your pref­er­ences are stored within a net­work, so your ideal light­ing is re­mem­bered the next time you fly. An ex­cuse for an im­promptu get­away if ever we’ve heard one.

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