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.
On-Board Biometric Immigration Checks Coming to a Major Asian Airport
1. On-board Biometric Immigration Checks - Opportunity for implementing biometric immigration checks on board flights, reducing wait times at airports.
2. Low-risk Flight Checks - Implementation of checks specifically for low-risk flights can expedite the immigration process and reduce congestion at airports.
3. Technology-driven Airport Innovations - Increasing adoption of technology in airports creates opportunities for implementing disruptive immigration clearance systems.
1. Airline Industry - Airlines can capitalize on the opportunity to collaborate with airports and governments to implement on-board biometric immigration checks.
2. Airport Infrastructure - Airports can invest in and adopt technologies that facilitate on-board immigration checks, improving passenger experience and reducing wait times.
3. Biometric Technology - Biometric technology providers can work with airports and airlines to develop and deploy innovative solutions for on-board immigration checks.