No, really.

Global travel search website Skyscanner has predicted that by 2024 airports will become places to unwind and relax while waiting for flights, as new technology takes the stress out of the travel experience.

According to Skyscanner, the future will see an entirely automated airport journey where passengers will take complete control, eliminating check-in desks and queues. Passengers will be able to “check in and drop off their bags at Starbucks” as they buy coffee and use their smartphones to monitor the queue times at security as they choose the best route to get to their gates.

Pre-set digital luggage tags will allow holiday-makers to track their bags throughout their journeys, while biometric data cards (which will replace passports) mean that travellers will experience a “much more efficient, pleasant and faster airport journey”.

Skyscanner also predicts a new breed of “Aeroville” with guest amenities ranging from art galleries and gardens to rooftop pools, 3D cinemas and yoga retreats.

Hologram systems will also be available, allowing passengers to hold 3D conversations with virtual staff, it says.

“Emerging technologies mean that by 2024 the travel journey from our home to holiday destination has the potential to be a stress-free and enjoyable experience – full of fun distractions for everyone. Airports and flights will no longer be the price we pay to travel but instead will signify the start of our holidays where travellers can relax and create the perfect space to suit their needs whether they’re flying for business or leisure,” said Skyscanner’s Head of B2B, Filip Filipov.

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