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Facial recognition trial at Manchester Airport

Facial recognition trial at Manchester Airport

New facial recognition gates are to be trialled at Manchester Airport, the home secretary has announced.

The government is hoping that the new facial recognition technology will speed up security checks at airports, by quickly comparing UK and European passengers against their biometric passports.

Home secretary Jacqui Smith also explained that the new electronic system will allow those entering and leaving the UK to be checked against criminal watch-lists.

She said: "These checks make up just one part of Britain’s triple ring of security, alongside fingerprint visas for three-quarters of the world’s population, and the roll-out of ID cards for foreign nationals locking people to one identity."

If the trial is successful the government is hoping to expand the facial recognition technology across other UK airports as part of the £1.2 billion e-Borders system.

A similar system was recently installed at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Launched by July 14th, authorities also intend to introduce the recognition technology across all UAE ports of entry.