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hand luggage scanners

Digital airports will use hand luggage scanners

Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport is aiming to become the world’s leading digital airport and, to do this, have been testing hand luggage scanners that allow passengers to keep liquids and laptops inside their bags for the first time. This new development will help to control queueing and traffic management.

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bypass security

Trusted travellers will be able to bypass security - after strict tests

Trusted travellers will not be subject to any security checks. These passengers will have chosen to go through a security vetting process undertaken by the police, security forces and/or government departments. If successful, the passenger will have a biometric security pass which they can use to access a special lane at an airport to bypass security.

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Service robot

Service robots will staff airports and replace existing check-in processes

We will see robots staffing and navigating airports. The robots will have access to real-time airline customer data so that they can provide a personalised service. They will also be able to understand a customer’s health and emotional state to better serve their needs.

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landscapes in the departure lounge

Experience different landscapes in the departure lounge

The hours spent waiting for your flight can sometimes be dreary and boring. In the future, touchscreen shopping and outdoor features such as waterfalls and woodland will help to provide a more pleasant experience. Virtual assistants will also be on-hand to help in departures by giving directions and flight information in a variety of languages.

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Environmental impacts will be significantly reduced

Not only will air-vehicles be designed and manufactured to be recyclable by 2050, new procedures will also bring; a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometre; a 90% reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and all aircrafts will be emissions free whilst taxiing.

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Runways could become circular, double-decker or be built remotely in the sea

Airports are looking to increase their flights whilst saving as much space as possible to alleviate pressure on inhabitants in the surrounding areas. Circular runways will tackle weather restrictions such as wind and allow planes to take off from any direction. Remote runways in the sea are also expected to exist as well as double-deck runways so no added space is used.

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