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November 17, 2015

Abu Dhabi International Airport introduces new automated TDAS

Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) has launched a new automatic boarding pass validation system, which is developed by SITA to render smooth and easy travel experience to the passengers.

By Lopamudra Roy

Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) has launched a new automatic boarding pass validation system, which is developed by SITA to render smooth and easy travel experience to the passengers.

Known as automated Traveller Document Authentication System (TDAS), the new innovation has been incorporated in terminals 1 and 2 of the airport.

The airport is the first airport in the Middle East region to facilitate automated validation of boarding passes.

"We are working on a number of initiatives in and around the airport which will make travellers’ journeys even easier."

TDAS uses SITA’s iValidate technology to automatically verify original, mobile or home-printed boarding passes before passport control.

This makes the process quick and simple eliminating the need for passengers to stand in long queues, reducing down their waiting time and allowing them to relax.

TDAS has been installed in four security lanes. The system comprises automatic gates activated by both handheld and static boarding pass scanners.

The scanners scan the bar-code on the passes that is automatically validated.

The data is then sent to security, checked for duplicates and cross-referenced against the airport operational database and the airline’s departure control system.

The system has been designed to improve security at the airport and to ensure passengers are directed to the correct terminals and security checkpoints.

Abu Dhabi Airports chief operations officer Ahmad Al Haddabi said: "We are confident that with this new system in place, the speed at which passengers move through the airport will increase, thus improving overall operational efficiency.

"We are working on a number of initiatives in and around the airport which will make travellers’ journeys even easier. All of this is part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ ongoing Capacity Enhancement Program to manage the growth in passenger numbers ahead of the opening of the Midfield Terminal Building."

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