Airport Industry Review is back for another issue packed with technology news and industry analysis. In this issue, we examine whether the legalisation of cannabis is creating new problems at US airports, find out more about the power of airports as advertising environments, and tell the stories of abandoned aviation hubs around the world.

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In this issue

Facial recognition: will passenger scepticism jeopardise its future?

San Francisco recently banned the use of facial recognition for city authorities. The ban won’t affect airports, but many passengers are sceptical about technology. What could this mean for the future of facial recognition technology at aviation hubs? Adele Berti finds out.

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Breaking the curse: will Berlin Brandenburg Airport finally open in 2020?

Initially set to be opened in 2011, Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s long overdue inauguration is now expected for next year, with operators reportedly assigning terminals to different airlines. Patrick Kingsland asks whether 2020 could be the year that breaks the spell for this famously cursed airport.

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Inside Manchester Airport’s new private terminal

In September, Manchester Airport will cut the ribbon on a new private terminal, which promises to offer passengers numerous perks, from personalised airside transfers to faster baggage processing. BEN COZENS, a divisional director at Jacobs – the group behind its design – speaks to ROSS DAVIES about the scope of the project.

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End of the line: mapping out the world’s abandoned airports

Airports are some of the busiest places on earth, but what happens when they close for business? From airports in close proximity to warzones to those that simply went bust, here’s a look at the most curious abandoned hubs in the world and their story.

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High flyers: legal cannabis creates grey area for US airports

As US states continue to legalise cannabis for medical and recreational use, an awkward tangle of conflicting state and federal laws is proving confusing for airport passengers. Chris Lo explores the unintended consequences of cannabis’s uncertain legal status in the US and asks: how have airports been affected?

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Breaking down the criteria for the world’s top airports

AirHelp’s global airport ranking for 2019 recently crowned Hamad International Airport, Tokyo International Airport, and Athens International Airport as the world’s best hubs. But what makes a top airport, and what does an airport have to achieve to land the coveted top spot? Adele Berti finds out.

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The Digital Twin: creating virtual airport tours with Ocean3D

British start-up Ocean3D is using digital twin technology to create virtual maps of airports and aircraft. Adele Berti takes a look at the technology and how it is bidding to make airport journeys less stressful for vulnerable passengers.

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The hard sell: making a mark with airport advertising

How powerful is airport advertising? With the Australian arm of JCDecaux, the world’s largest outdoor advertising corporation, recently launching a VR tour of Sydney Airport, Frances Marcellin finds out more about airports as advertising environments.

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Next issue preview

In the next issue of AIR, we take a look at the expansion masterplan for the UK’s Heathrow Airport and ask: will the proposed carbon and noise reduction measures be enough?

Also, we analyse the European Commission’s new rules surrounding drone use at airports, and ask whether the new regulations will effectively mitigate risk.

We explore how computed tomography (CT) scanning is speeding up passenger throughput at security, and investigate how Assaia International is using a mixture of cameras and AI technologies to help reduce aircraft turnaround times. In addition, we examine five areas where airports will need to make use of technology to meet growing passenger demand in the future.

Also next issue; the biggest talking points from this year’s Airline Executive Summit in Istanbul; and an in-depth look at the root causes and potential solutions for ‘aviophobia’ – more commonly called fear of flying.