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Britain’s largest airport now using facial recognition in place of passport at check


Britain’s largest airport is installing permanent facial recognition technology in the hope that travellers spend less time going through checks. Boarding passes will also no longer be needed.


The £50m project will involve passengers going to automated kiosks to scan their passport and have their photo taken, according to The Times.
With more than 78 million passengers travelling through Heathrow a year, the technology will aim to reduce the time passengers spend going through.

The photo will then ‘match’ the person’s face to the document and their travel details.

While the airport already uses facial recognition when entering the country using the biometric e-gates, this will be the first time a British airport has used such advanced technology at every stage of passengers departing the country.
Gatwick, Britain’s second largest airport, said they too are looking into using the technology and will run a second trial of the technology next month.

Those travelling from Heathrow are required to show their passports at least three times on departure. Passengers flasg a passport on check-in or bag drop, security and before boarding the plane.

Heathrow’s management said that the facial recognition system was more reliable than manual checks.

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