Airports and airlines are installing futuristic technology in anticipation of when travel restrictions are finally relaxed.
Contactless technologies, such as digital toilet queues and systems that monitor passenger temperatures throughout flights, will be used to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading.
High-tech security measures are already being installed at Avalon Airport in Melbourne, Victoria’s second busiest airport.
Airport boss Justin Giddings installed a new security screening system that eliminates the hassle of removing technology and liquids from carry-on baggage, news.com.au reported.
The advanced technology aims to reduce public touchpoints and congregate in queues, he said.
Airports and airlines are installing futuristic technology in anticipation of when travel restrictions are finally relaxed (Photo: Woman checking in for a flight)
Contactless technologies, such as digital toilet queues and systems that monitor the temperature of passengers throughout flights, will be used to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading (Pictured: Passengers wear masks facial expressions as they line up for safety)
The airport has also installed contactless check-in screens and baggage drop-off systems.
Before the pandemic, airports were scrambling to use contactless check-in screens to speed up the process. This technology will likely be used to prevent the virus from spreading.
Instead of handing over your passport, a biometric device can be used to scan the faces of passengers upon check-in.
Aaron Hornlimann, chief executive of Elenium Automation, said in-flight services will have to change due to the pandemic.
He predicts that security cards and food menus will be scrapped, instead they will be digitally accessible through your phone.
Queues for the bathroom will be eliminated, as passengers are required to reserve a seat through an app.
Airlines will likely introduce technology to track passenger health throughout flights.
“Just as FitBit can track your sleep, for example an airline will be able to track your temperature,” he said.
Airports will look different once travel resumes, as airport bosses install new technology to keep travel safe amid the pandemic
Airport Manager Justin Giddings has installed a new security screening system that eliminates the hassle of removing technology and liquids from carry-on baggage
“So you might not have one when you get on the plane, but you could develop one in flight and the airline will be able to detect it and take appropriate action before you land.
“There are many applications of these types of technologies that will change our flying experience in the near future.
The technology was originally designed for passengers with disabilities, but has been adapted to prevent customers from touching common areas.
The shutdown of domestic aviation in Australia over the past seven months has cost $ 17 billion, while the figure for international flights is $ 61 billion.
Queues for the bathroom will be eliminated as passengers are required to reserve a seat via an app
About 34,000 people have been affected by job losses and vacated positions, with the country’s two major carriers laying off around 11,500 employees.
The first steps towards international travel have already started with New Zealanders being allowed to enter Australia on a one-way trip.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to make an announcement on travel to Australia when she swears in her new cabinet this week.
The move would mean Australians could travel abroad for the first time since March 20, when international borders were closed and exemptions were only granted in extreme circumstances.
Cleaning robots will probably be introduced at airports. Aircraft toilets will use ultraviolet lights to disinfect after each use
Passengers have their temperature checked by health officials upon arrival from a Qantas flight at Sydney Airport
Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said on Thursday that traveling without a quarantine between the two countries would be recognition of how the two countries have handled COVID-19.
As Europe and North America suffer another wave of horror from the virus with tens of thousands of deaths, Australia and New Zealand have escaped relatively unscathed.
Deputy head of the COVID coordination unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jenny Da Rin, said nearly 2,000 New Zealanders had entered Australia since the border eased on October 16.
AUSTRALIAN BORDER RESTRICTIONS:
NEW SOUTH WALES: Exemption required if coming from Victoria. All other states are allowed
VICTORIA: No restrictions, but not allowed in most states
QUEENSLAND: Exemption required if coming from Victoria or Greater Sydney. Open to NSW Regional starting November 3. All other states are allowed.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Exemption required if coming from Victoria. Open to all other states
TASMANIA: Will open in NSW on November 2. Exemption required if coming from Victoria. Other states are allowed.
WEST AUSTRALIA: From November 14 everyone allowed, but residents of New South Wales and Victoria must self-quarantine
ACT: Exemption required if you are coming from Victoria. All others are allowed.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Victorians are to quarantine at their own expense. All others are allowed.
AUSTRALIA: Only people who have been in New Zealand for 14 days can enter without hotel quarantine. Australians and permanent residents must quarantine in hotels. Other foreign nationals are only allowed in exceptional circumstances.