Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport is rolling out the world's first on-board biometric immigration checks. The in-air checks will be run on a trial basis on low-risk flights coming into the airport's LCCT (Low-Cost Carrier Terminal).
Malaysia may be a small country, but the LCCT still experiences a high volume of travelers, especially during peak travel times. Waits in the LCCT can reach as high as 45 minutes during these periods. The on-board biometric immigration checks would drastically slash wait times by checking in travelers on low-risk flights, the majority of which are operated by AirAsia. Once checked-in in the air, travelers would not be asked to see immigration officials again unless there is an issue. The eyes of the world, at least the airline industry, will be on the program. If successful, it could pave the way for others just like it in countries around the world. Now if only they could find a way to drop bag fees.