Facial recognition system launched at Manchester
Tue, 19 Aug, 2008
Passengers travelling through Manchester Airport are the first in Britain to take part in a facial recognition trial.
The new technology automatically scans the faces of passengers and matches them up with biometric records held by the authorities.
It affects all adult biometric passport holders from the UK and Europe.
Home secretary Jacqui Smith said the new security gates will improve the speed at which air passengers pass through border control.
She also believes that the equipment will help identify - or deter - terrorists and other criminals entering the country. Passengers flagged up will be placed on no-fly lists.
"The UK has one of the toughest borders in the world and we are determined to ensure it stays that way," she said at the launch.
In related news, three hotels could soon be built near Manchester Airport's terminal 2, according to a report in the Manchester Evening News.