The National News 

A technology company in Abu Dhabi is working to make passengers' airport experience fully contactless.

Next50 said the first phase of its Smart Path project was under way and would eventually result in passengers using biometric data, such as face scans, in place of boarding passes, passports and any other documents required to fly.

The project is being carried out in collaboration with a French identity-related security services company named Idemia, and Swiss aviation IT company Sita.

Next50 uses artificial intelligence and next-generation biometric technology that will initially be employed at various 'touchpoints' across the airport.

These include self-service baggage counters, electronic immigration gates and boarding gates.

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