Dublin airport has opened a new concept store which does away with the traditional checkout experience.

The Dublin Town To Go Store is located in the arrivals area of Terminal 1, and uses AI technology from contactless checkout solutions provider Zippin.

Visitors scan their debit or credit card when they enter the store, with camera technology and weight-sensor-enabled shelving detecting what has been bought and charging accordingly when the customer exits the shop.

Dublin airport said that the store offers “a wide range of goods to meet the needs of both departing and arriving passengers and also those waiting to welcome people in Arrivals”, including coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads, cereal, milk and toiletries.

A similar “autonomous” store opened at Hong Kong International airport earlier this year.

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Commenting on the news Vincent Harrison, chief commercial and development officer at Dublin airport, said:

“The opening of a checkout-free store in the airport is something completely new and different for passengers and we think they are going to love it. Dublin Airport is excited to be the home of the first concept store of this kind to be opened in Ireland.

“Whether passengers want to pick up a pre-flight sandwich and coffee, or essentials such as milk and cereal after arriving back into Dublin Airport, the technology deployed in ‘Dublin Town To Go’ means they can do it quickly and in a hassle-free manner.”

Online retailer Amazon has been pioneering the autonomous convenience store concept in recent years, with its Amazon Go brand present in around 40 locations in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.