Fewer airport jobs the more automation is brought in

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Fewer airport jobs the more automation is brought in

Fewer airport jobs the more automation is brought in
2021-05-25 22:21:00
Airports produce plans for expansion, which always have extensive claims about the number of jobs that will create. In practice, the sector reduces the number of staff as much as possible, and numbers reduce by around 2.5% each year. The massive disruptions to air travel caused by the Covid pandemic may have accelerated some of the drive towards more automation, because of passengers not wanting to touch surfaces that have been touched by others, and not wanting to interact with strangers. There are plans for ever more facial recognition and biometric technology at immigration, so arriving passengers can be checked automatically, without the need for a member of Border Force staff. The hope is that this would be more efficient, take less time, and save the cost of an employee.  There are also plans for automating check in, security and baggage, often via smartphones. “At Abu Dhabi Airport, Etihad Airways is testing a bag-drop system that uses AI to recognize unique scuff marks and other characteristics on nearly identical suitcases and match them to the correct passenger with a digital tag.” There are also automatic rail shuttles around airports, and car park shuttles. .Tweet     Slide from a presentation by Alex Chapman of NEF (New Economics Foundation). Facial recognition and biometric technology to end airport passport queues By Matt Dathan, Home Affairs Editor (The Times) Tuesday May 25 2021 Queueing at passport controls could become a thing of the past under plans for fully automated border checks. Priti Patel, the home secretary, has published plans to install “contactless corridors” that passengers would pass through at border controls. Facial recognition and biometric technology would check all passengers who walk through the specified area against a database of details that all visitors will have to submit before travelling to the UK. Similar measures are already being trialled in the United Arab Emirates but would not be fully operational in Britain until 2025. Passport e-gates will also be expanded for use by all passengers under the plans in an attempt to significantly reduce the need for Border Force officials to carry out manual identity and security checks. At present, only travellers from about 40 countries can use the automated e-gates and they must also have a biometric passport. A policy paper setting out the digital border proposals, which are set to be fully operational within four years, will drastically reduce queues at border controls by “ensuring the smooth flow of those legitimately coming to the UK”. The automated security and identity checks will be enabled by the introduction of a US-style electronic travel authorisation (ETA) that all visitors will be required to apply for at least 48 hours before they arrive. The checks, which will apply to all nationalities apart from British and Irish citizens, will require visitors to upload their details and photo to allow the government to carry out security and criminal checks before they arrive. Immigration and customs officials would still be able to stop passengers for manual checks if necessary. Officials said that the plans would radically enhance passengers’ experience at the border by reducing waiting times while also making it easier for border authorities to identify and focus on illegitimate travellers. … and it continues, about stopping criminals etc …. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/facial-recognition-and-biometric-technology-to-end-airport-passport-queues-8x6gtkxw7 . Touchless travel could threaten airport jobs By Joann Muller  (Axios) Nov 20, 2020 Air travel is becoming a touchless, self-directed journey, which poses a threat to traditional airport customer service jobs. Why it matters: Automation and artificial intelligence have long been viewed as a threat to jobs, but the unprecedented disruption that the coronavirus pandemic is posing to the travel industry could have lasti

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