A unique and innovative passenger pilot project was launched today at Aruba Airport:Aruba Happy Flow.The signal for the official launch was given by Aruban Prime Minister Mike Eman inthe presence of Minister of Justice Arthur Dowers, Minister of Tourism Otmar Oduber, President &CEO Schiphol Group Jos Nijhuis, Senior Vice President KLM Security Services Ben Swagerman,CEO Aruba Airport Authority N.V. James Fazio, Senior VP Vision-Box Miguel Leitmann and otherinvitees.
Aruba Happy Flow is an innovative passenger process in which the passenger is only required toshow his or her passport once throughout the journey at the airport. The use of facial recognitionthen allows the passenger to proceed to check-in, drop off baggage, pass the border and board theaircraft, all without being asked to show a passport or boarding pass again.
In order to do this, Aruba Happy Flow combines the public process of border control with the privatepassenger process at the airport. This is unique in the world and has been designed to streamline thepassenger process, making it fast and secure.
Aruba Happy Flow is the result of a cooperative effort by Aruba, the Netherlands, Aruba AirportAuthority N.V., Schiphol Group and KLM. Following a tender procedure, Vision Box was awardedimplementation of the project.
The Aruba Happy Flow pilot will operate at Aruba Airport for two years. At first only a limitedgroup of KLM passengers travelling with an EU passport will be invited to participate in the pilot.They will be invited to do so, upon departure, at the airport on Aruba.
If the results of the pilot are encouraging, expansion of the project to include larger groups ofpassengers is possible. Additional possibilities include integration with the security process, or theintroduction of the Happy Flow process at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.