Customs to trial automated departures


Australian Customs and Border Protective Service will trial new technology at Brisbane Airport this month, which enables automated departures for Australian and New Zealand travellers.

These preliminary trials will set the stage for an eventual rollout of the new automated technology to all Australian airports, if the pilot model is successful, ZDNet reported.

The departures process would be similar to the current use of e-passports by inbound travellers at SmartGates.

“You will then do an identity check and confirm that you have got authority to leave Australia… subject that being okay, the gate will open and away you go,” Australian Customs and Border Protection Service national manager of passenger policy and practice Robyn Miller said.

Ms Miller said that travellers would place outbound passenger cards in a nearby drop-box rather than enter the data at a kiosk, with this data collection process eventually becoming automated.

Trials are expected to run for 12 months, testing a range of different initiatives and concepts.

“We are going to be adapting what we do over the period of the trial and try to come up with a model which will work successfully for travellers and be adopted nationally,” Ms Miller said.

Source = ETB News: P.T.
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