Sunday 28 April 2019 9:06 AM UTC
LONDON April 28: Passengers travelling from Heathrow Airport will from this summer be able to board flights without having to show their passports thanks to new facial recognition technology.
The £50 million project, which according to the Times newspapers is the single biggest biometric technology deployment in the world, seeks to slash the time travellers spend in airports by up to a third.
The system will see passengers going to automated kiosks where they will have their passport taken and photo scanned. That allows for their identity to be recorded and stored so that next time they travel all they will have to do is look into the cameras and wait for the system to match their profile.
While the technology has already been trialled at passport checks for those arriving in the country, it is the first time it’s being deployed at all stages of a passenger’s departure.
Heathrow Airport, through which 78 million people travel every year, currently requires passengers to show their passports three different times, including at check in, security and boarding.
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