Hi-tech face scanners being tested in Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is trialling the new facial recognition scanners, which aim to improve security and reduce long queues at immigration checkpoints.
The device works by comparing a digital photo of a passenger inside their UK or European Union biometric passport with their face as they stand in front of a small camera. The system means passengers can avoid queues to have their passports checked by immigration officials.
The scanners check whether a passport has been tampered with and that the passenger is not on any security lists.If they pass that check, the passenger passes through to another gate where a small camera captures an image of their face.

Soon we can expect to see similar technology at Stansted Airport – and if the project proves to be successful, it will include all the British airports by the year 2010.

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