Airports and airlines are installing futuristic technology to prepare for the final relaxation of travel restrictions.
Non-contact technologies such as digital toilet queues and systems for monitoring passenger temperatures throughout the flight are being used to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading.
High-tech security measures are already being installed at Avalon Airport in Melbourne, Victoria's second largest airport.
Airport chief Justin Giddings has installed a new security clearance system that eliminates the hassle of removing technology and liquids from carry-on bags, news.com.au reported.
The advanced technology aims to reduce public touchpoints and congregate in queues, he said.
Airports and airlines are installing futuristic technology in preparation for the final relaxation of travel restrictions (Image: A woman checking in for a flight)
Contactless technologies such as digital toilet queues and systems for monitoring passenger temperatures throughout the flight are used to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading (Image: passengers wear face masks when queuing for safety reasons).
The airport has also installed touchless check-in screens and baggage drop-off systems.
Before the pandemic, airports worked to use touchless check-in screens to speed up the process. This technology is likely used to prevent the virus from spreading.
Instead of handing over your passport, you can use a biometric device to scan passengers' faces as they check in.
Aaron Hornlimann, managing director of Elenium Automation, said onboard services need to change as a result of the pandemic.
He predicts that security cards and grocery menus will be scrapped and instead digitally accessible through your phone.
Queues for the bathroom will be eliminated and passengers will have to book a seat through an app.
Airlines are likely to introduce technology to track passenger health during flights.
"For example, just like FitBit can track your sleep, an airline can track your temperature," he said.
Airports will look different once travel resumes as airport bosses install new technology to ensure safe travel amid the pandemic
Airport boss Justin Giddings has installed a new security clearance system that eliminates the need to remove technology and liquids from carry-on bags
“You may not have one by the time you get on the plane, but you could develop one in-flight and the airline will recognize this and take the appropriate steps prior to landing.
"There are many uses of this type of technology that will transform our flight experience in the near future."
The technology was originally developed for passengers with disabilities, but has been adapted to ensure that customers do not touch common surfaces.
Australia's domestic aviation shutdown in the past seven months has cost $ 17 billion, while the figure for international flights is $ 61 billion.
Queues for the bathroom will be eliminated and passengers will have to book a seat through an app
Around 34,000 people were affected by job losses and vacation positions, and the country's two major airlines laid off around 11,500 employees.
The first steps towards international travel began when New Zealanders were allowed to enter Australia under a one-way agreement.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to make an announcement on Australian travel when she swears in her new cabinet this week.
The move would mean Australians could travel abroad for the first time since March 20, when international borders were closed and exceptions were only made in extreme circumstances.
Robotic cleaning systems are likely to be introduced in airports. Aircraft toilets use UV light for disinfection after each use
The temperature of passengers is checked by health authorities when they arrive at Sydney Airport from a Qantas flight
Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said Thursday that quarantine-free travel between the two countries would be a recognition of how well both countries have dealt with COVID-19.
While Europe and North America suffered another wave of horror from the virus, with tens of thousands dead, Australia and New Zealand got away relatively unscathed.
Deputy Head of COVID Coordination Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Jenny Da Rin said nearly 2,000 New Zealanders have entered Australia since the borders were eased on Oct. 16.
AUSTRALIA'S BORDER RESTRICTIONS:
NEW SOUTH WHALES: Exemption required if you are from Victoria. All other states allowed
VICTORIA: No restrictions, but not allowed in most states
QUEENSLAND: Exemption required if you are from Victoria or Greater Sydney. Open to regional NSW from November 3rd. All other states allowed.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Exemption required if you are from Victoria. Open to all other states
TASMANIA: Opens for NSW on November 2nd. Exemption required if you are from Victoria. Other states are allowed.
WEST AUSTRALIA: Starting November 14th, everyone except residents of NSW and Victoria will be allowed to self-quarantine
ACT: Exemption required if you are from Victoria. All others are allowed.
NORTHERN AREA: Victorians must be quarantined at their own expense. All others are allowed.
AUSTRALIA: Only people who have been in New Zealand for 14 days can enter without hotel quarantine. Australians and permanent residents must be quarantined in hotels. Other foreigners are only allowed in exceptional cases.
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