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Beijing’s $11 billion AI-powered airport to start services soon

After 5 years of construction, Beijing’s $11 billion Daxing International Airport will be opening for passengers on September 30, ahead of China’s national day celebrations on October 1.

What’s interesting about the airport – designed by architect Zaha Hadid – is its state of the art AI powered security system said to be the country’s most advanced.¬†Passengers at the sprawling five terminal building will be able to check in and board their flights via face recognition systems that will require little human intervention.

As per the state broadcaster CCTV, passengers will require to only go through a single check that combines passport control and security screening before boarding their flights.

More than 30 high-tech infrared monitors have been placed at gates in the arrival area, which will check identity, collect body temperature and scan luggage within seconds.

Beijing currently has world’s second busiest airport with Beijing Capital International Airport that handled 101 million passengers last year. The new airport is expected to double the air transport capacity of the city.