Manchester Airport detection equipment trials 'reduce security queues'
Wed, 01 Dec, 2010
Manchester Airport's security equipment trials have been investigated by the chief inspector of the UK Border Agency.
John Vine reported that despite the new facial recognition systems being offline for much of his visit to the hub, when they were operating they served to reduce waiting times and queues associated with security procedures.
"When the gates were working, they delivered benefits to passengers, reducing the time taken to go through passport control, increasing border security," said the Border Agency in a statement.
However, during the investigation Mr Vine discovered two areas of the airport which were weak links in an otherwise solid security chain and noted his concern about the issue.
Last month, Manchester Airport announced it would be trialling the new security technology as part of its participation in the government's Innovative Science and Technology In Counter-Terrorism (INSTINCT) scheme.
Product director for the facility Mike Fazackerley claimed that the system could have a number of potential uses in the future.