Incheon International Airport, which serves as a major hub for Northeast Asia, is expected to offer better passenger convenience.
Travelers using the airport will be able to go through more simplified clearance procedures and will no longer have to carry their heavy luggage to the airport.
Park Soo-ju has more.
Dealing with heavy luggage at the airport is a huge inconvenience for passengers.
Such passengers with heavy baggage can lighten their load with the new service.
They will be allowed to send their baggage from their homes to the airport starting in the second half of the year.
This is the "home backdrop service," which goes beyond the existing home check-in service, allowing users to check their bags with mobile devices.
Passengers can also travel empty-handed from the airport to their home as they can get their bags delivered to their homes as well.
Beginning early next year, passengers can complete the boarding process without having to showing travel documents like passports or boarding passes by scanning their fingerprints and facial recognition.
<Kim Hong-soo / Smart Service Team Manager at Incheon Int’l Airport> “The new clearance procedures will reduce the time for the whole process by five minutes. We are more technologically advanced than any other competitors in the world.
The airport said it will launch the new security screening method in 2023 for the first time in the world, in which passengers pass through a walk-through detector without having to pull out their belongings.
It is also readying to embrace various technologies involving Artificial Intelligence robots, which can detect suspicious objects and help passengers find their way at the airport.
But there remain many tasks ahead such as how to speed up technological development and lift regulations.
Eyes are on if Incheon International Airport will take one step further with advanced technologies amid fierce competition to act as a major hub in Northeast Asia among rivals in Beijing and Haneda.
Park Soo-ju reporting for Yonhap News TV.
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