The future is here. When it comes to high-tech airports, solar panelled rooftops aren’t the half of it. There are baggage carousels that reduce carbon dioxide emissions, vertical gardens, robots doing your checking in for you, and animated lifts that do their best to make you calm and relaxed.
Even some terminal seats come with their own air diffusers – it might even start to feel like the airport is the biggest part of the holiday.
To add to this, there is also an enormous boom in iBeacon technology and Bluetooth being used in an ever futuristic way. In fact, they in some airports, passengers can opt into a system which takes their location and gives them the promotions in shops they are close to, as well as information about which gate to go to and changes in flight schedules.
Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most impressive airports.
Changi Airport, Singapore
Changi Airport in Singapore is getting ready to open their Terminal Four in 2017 which will have Biometric scanning, digital boarding via mobile, and self-service check-ins amongst other things. There is even talk of virtual caretakers, and Amazon-style stores with showroom products that you can scan to buy and have sent to your home. This is before mentioning a five-storey “vertical garden”, four cinemas and the world’s largest moving sculpture. Not the worst airport to visit.
San Francisco International Airport, USA
San Francisco International Airport proudly advertises that it has a new, state of the art yoga centre within its walls to make sure all passengers are as relaxed as can be. This is certainly an unusual addition to an airport, but it has been a popular attraction.
Dubai International Airport, UAE
Dubai airport has the biggest airport terminal in the world, and actually takes the crown for the second largest building in the world by floor space. It is a very popular airport with is yoga centres, mirrored spaces and beautiful nature spots with palm trees – it certainly gives a warm welcome to those visiting the country for the first time.
Incheon international Airport, South Korea
This airport has the title as one of the biggest airports on the planet. If you get bored there is even the Museum of Korean Culture to educate yourself. Additionally, it has an ice rink, a relaxing spa, a casino, indoor gardens and other various unique features to enjoy. To add to the features of this airport, there is soon to be a biometric immigration system that uses facial recognition, and machine-readable passports till take over from old fashioned boarding passes. The future is certainly upon us.
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