AviationTechnology gains altitude to make the air travel journey a little smoother.

Flying in 2023 takes off to a high-tech start

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A MetaHuman cabin crew helps passengers to tour, navigate and check in at Hamad International Airport.
A MetaHuman cabin crew helps passengers to tour, navigate and check in at Hamad International Airport. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Choi_ Nikolai

Ready to fly again? Ready for crowded airports? Ready to take those first tentative steps back into the big, wide world after years spent in lockdown?

Get ready for some changes – along with the high cost of flying as passenger demand exceeds seat capacity and carriers scramble to get planes back in service and retrain pilots to fly them.

One of the first changes that passengers will notice at airports is that technology is moving forward at such pace that some of those once tedious tasks when travelling might go the way of paper boarding passes.

The end of airplane mode on mobile devices is one of the big changes that 2023 will bring. Passengers will be able to have their electrical devices turned on with the data activated so that they can use 5G provided by the airline.

Airlines will, however, keep a close check on what electrical equipment passengers bring on board. On a recent Scoot flight from Taiwan to Singapore, cabin crew had to deal, pre-take-off, with a fire caused by an overheated power bank being carried by a passenger.

As with most new technology, there will be some confusion but those flying with Qatar Airways will receive help from Qverse with a MetaHuman cabin crew helping passengers to tour, navigate and check in at Hamad International Airport, using their own personal electronic devices.

Airports already use biometrics for travel document identification, and this technology will be used to identity check for any payments travellers make during their trips, such as an inflight meal or duty free purchases.

Elsewhere several airports – Paris and Rome among them – are working on eVTOL electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles to whisk passengers between terminals and, in the case of Delta Air Lines – in partnership with Joby Aviation - a pioneering home-to-airport eVTOL transfer service.

Much will change in 2023, but the safety of passengers will remain paramount, which is the reason that the World Health Organisation is recommending that passengers should return to wearing face masks on long-haul international flights.

It comes as several nations require testing for people arriving from mainland China, in response to a surge in cases after the lifting of China’s zero-Covid policy.

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