New air­port checks are set for take- off

Solihull News - - NEWS - BY DAVE PINWELL

HAV­ING passed through five Euro­pean air­ports so far this year I can at­test that it is get­ting harder.

Not their fault, of course, but se­cu­rity threats and pas­sen­ger growth com­bine to form longer than ever queues at ev­ery step from car park to plane and vice versa. Post Brexit, it could be far worse. My ex­pe­ri­ence of fa­cial recog­ni­tion checks at pass­port con­trols has been mixed, breez­ing through here, get­ting frus­trated there.

Air­ports world­wide, though, be­lieve wider de­ploy­ment of bio­met­rics will speed things up in the fu­ture

Last month, Delta Air­lines an­nounced its plan to scrub pass­port and board­ing card checks for its pas­sen­gers at At­lanta Air­port and use just fa­cial recog­ni­tion through­out. Hav­ing checked in at a self- ser­vice kiosk in the lobby, pas­sen­gers will be bio­met­ri­cally iden­ti­fied as they drop bags for the hold, pass through se­cu­rity check­ing, pro­ceed through the board­ing gate and again on step­ping off a re­turn flight.

At the new Ter­mi­nal 4 of Sin­ga­pore’s Changi Air­port, some of this is al­ready in op­er­a­tion, al­though pass­ports and board­ing cards are also still re­quired for self- scan­ning.

Se­cu­rity queues are be­ing speeded up there by new scan­ning tech­niques that al­low lap­tops and tablets to stay in carry- on bags.

At Dubai, they are build­ing a next gen­er­a­tion so­lu­tion.

‘ Go­ing through se­cu­rity’ will be a walk through an ‘ aquar­ium style’ tun­nel fit­ted with 80 fa­cial and iris recog­ni­tion cam­eras.

Scenes pro­jected on the tun­nel walls, such as fish swim­ming or camels in a desert, will at­tract the eye to look at the un­seen cam­eras as a pas­sen­ger walks through.

The ‘ in­tru­sion lobby’ are cam­paign­ing against these solutions, but if it cuts the queues, count me in.

intr‘ us‘ The ‘ ion lobby’ are cam­paign­ing against these solutions but, if it cuts the queues, count me in.

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