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Touching faith in humans

Passengers can now cut waiting time and minimise human contact by using machines to check in their luggage. Even the security questions can be answered via a touch screen.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2008 20:55 IST

For those of us averse to close encounters with our fellow beings in public places, there is touchingly good news from Amsterdam airport. Passengers can now cut waiting time and minimise human contact by using machines to check in their luggage. Even the security questions can be answered via a touch screen.

Now, you will wonder, could we ever have such a system here? Not likely, given our extremely sociable mores. Enter the airport as you head abroad and you will find that people have materialised by your side trying to haul your luggage off for scanning. Thence onto the check-in counter where a hearty verbal joust ensues mainly on seating and the excess weight of your luggage. The bored immigration official will maintain more than required human touch with your passport while you cool your heels. A bit of human bonding inside the security lounge as your co-travellers interrogate you on all aspects of your life.

For the dour Dutch, it may be all very fine communing with a machine. Not so for us red-blooded types. The more the merrier is our motto. If you don’t contact us, be sure that we will contact you. This, we say, with a touch of pride.