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Dubai plans to scan inbound air passenger lists

The Dubai government is set to launch a new system in cooperation with many airlines to prevent blacklisted persons from entering the emirate.



Dubai: The Dubai government is set to launch a new system in cooperation with many airlines to prevent blacklisted persons from entering the emirate by stopping them at their boarding points, a media report has said.

A database system will store information related to inbound travellers and the authorities will give permission to the passengers before they board a Dubai-bound plane.

"The system will help reject entry to people who had previously committed a violation in the country or those who do not obtain an entry visa," Colonel Khaled Naser Al Razouqi, Assistant Director-General of the e-Services Sector at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Dubai, told Khaleej Times.

"The system will not allow a person to embark a Dubai-bound plane if he or she has already been blacklisted," he added.

Al Razouqi said that the system will let officers of the directorate to know the names and details of travellers who plan to head for Dubai by air by a link with airline companies and travel operators who will send data about their passengers to the directorate.

He said that the directorate will consequently verify the names and contact the airlines or travel operators and provide them with the names of prospective travellers prohibited from entering the country. Such persons will not be allowed to get on board the plane.

PTI

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