Manchester Airport launches new security system trial
Wed, 17 Nov, 2010
Manchester Airport has announced the launch of a trial into a new security system which could ultimately see security procedures sped up.
Developed by Human Recognition Systems as part of the government's Innovative Science and Technology IN Counter-Terrorism (INSTINCT) programme, the Biometrics in Motion scheme is one of several ongoing trials at UK airports.
By using retinal scans, the technology allows security staff to register passengers following check-in, allowing them to be easily identified when entering the security search zone.
Product director for Manchester Airport Mike Fazackerley expressed the facilities commitment to improving passenger experience through the use of new technologies.
"Although it is in its very early stages of development, using this technology for transfer passengers could make Manchester more attractive to airlines as a hub airport in the future," he said.
This comes after the airport predicted more than 10,000 people from the North of England will be travelling through its gates as part of the 2010 Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.