Hamad International Airport (HIA) installed vending machines with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across key passenger touchpoints throughout the terminal.

The newly introduced vending machines allow arriving, departing and transferring passengers to easily access various disposable and reusable PPE equipment, including face masks, disposable gloves, hand sanitisers, disinfecting wipes, as well as commonly bought over-the-counter pharmacy items such as vitamins and personal care products.

PPE Vending Machines HIA 2The installation of these vending machines across the airport terminal is part of the airport’s strategy of preventive and precautionary measures against COVID-19. Passengers can also find PPE and last-minute travel essentials in retail stores within the terminal

HIA is also one of the first airports to offer a unique facial recognition enabled technology that provides passengers with contactless journey. HIA introduced the paperless airport experience by combining passenger flight, passport and facial biometric information in a ‘single travel token’ at the self-check-in kiosk.

Passengers can now use biometric-enabled check-in kiosks to take their photo and scan their passport and boarding pass. This digital identity record makes the passenger’s face their pass at key airport touchpoints, such as self-service bag-drop, pre-immigration and self-boarding gates.

HIA maintains stringent cleaning procedures in line with international standards. The airport continues to implement a 1.5 metre physical distancing across all passenger touchpoints around the airport, through floor markings, signage and distanced seating. All passenger touchpoints are sanitised regularly and all gates and bus gate counters are being cleaned after each flight.

HIA’s retail and food and beverage outlets also encourage contactless and cashless transactions through electronic cards. HIA will continue to invest in deploying the latest innovative solutions to tackle air travel challenges and provide safe and seamless travel experience.

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