London Heathrow Airport trials security queue-jump
Mon, 05 Oct, 2009
London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 4 is to allow travellers to jump immigration queues in a trial scheme in 2010, according to media reports.
Passengers will be able to use automated fast gates if they are willing to pay up to £50 for the privilege, in line with similar schemes already in operation at Luton Airport and Liverpool Airport.
London Heathrow Airport already operates eye-recognition technology to process passengers with biometric passports more quickly through security checks.
But 28 million people in the UK do not yet own biometric passports and it is these customers that the new scheme is aimed at.
After paying the fee, travellers supply details of their faces to the border authorities, who will then allow them to pass through the biometric gates when they get to the airport.
Terminal 4 at London Heathrow Airport is currently undergoing a £200 million redevelopment programme that will see new shops and facilities added to it.