Five Countries That Have Embraced Facial Recognition Tech at Their Airports

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Facial recognition has been one of the most prominent technologies developed in the 21st century. It is proven to be quicker and more efficient compared to fingerprint or iris scans to recognize someone’s identity. For that reason, airports around the world rush to deploy this feature to ensure world-class service for their passengers.

The five countries below have been known to employ facial recognition technology at their airports. Passengers arriving on cheap flights or five-star ones all get to enjoy this facility. Here are the places where you can check out the latest in tech travel.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE has recently been implementing a facial recognition system at its airport, specifically Dubai International Airport (DXB). The smart service was introduced in 2021 by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai), with 122 units known to be installed in the departure and arrival gates at the immigration. To use this service, passengers are required to have obtained their boarding pass and completed the pre-registration process.

United States

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that all international airports in the US have been equipped with facial recognition technology since its first development in 2018. To date, there are around 160 international airports in the US that provide this service.

Other than giving ease for passengers to pass the immigration process, it is claimed that this technology elevates security. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), and Denver International Airport (DEN) are the busiest airport in the US known to have installed facial recognition technology.


Changi Airport (SIN) in Singapore is one of the most technologically advanced airports in the world. This airport, which won the title of the best airport in the world for eight consecutive years, has a facial recognition feature deployed in 2017. Back then, it was first placed in the newly-built terminal 4. Changi airport management collaborated with IDEMIA to ensure fast and seamless service using this tech for all passengers.


Represented by Hamad International Airport (DOH), Qatar became one of the first Arab countries that use face identification technology in its airport. The technology was launched in 2019 as the second phase of the Smart Airport program. The technology is used for bag drop, security, and boarding.


The airport management has a contract with Dormakaba for the procurement of this technology. As per the newest report, FRT has been deployed in 3 gates, which include gates 2A, 2B, and 5A.

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