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Iris-scan security check ‘is time-consuming’

Complaints have been made about the effectiveness of a pilot scheme for iris scanning at UK airports.

Complaints have been made about the effectiveness of a pilot scheme for iris scanning at UK airports, but the fledgling technology looks set to play a bigger part in future security procedures.

A volunteer for the scheme told The Times that he faced disappointing delays when completing the eye scan at Heathrow – in fact taking longer than passengers going through traditional check-in.

Times Travel specialist Julia Brookes responded however that the Heathrow scheme had worked well for her, while all passport control posts would soon be scanning biometric data in all travel documents – making eye scanning a potentially quicker option for the future.

The £2.86 million scheme functions by photographing a passenger’s iris patterns in order to store them alongside relevant passport details on a database, requiring a quick eye scan for participants arriving for their flights.

Named Project Iris, the pilot was put on hold by the London bomb attacks of July 2005, but were re-launched in 2006 and deployed at selected terminals at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester airports.

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