Controversial face scanners launched at Gatwick

Controversial face scanners were officially launched by Home Secretary Alan Johnson at Gatwick Airport yesterday.

Trials of the scanners have been conducted at Manchester airport and Stansted, and they are currently being used at Birmingham, Manchester, Stansted, Cardiff and Bristol airports. Their use is intended to speed up passport checks at the airport.

Passengers with biometric passports can use the new scanners. The machine scans a passenger’s face and compares the image with the photo in the passenger’s passport.

For more information and to see the scanners in action check out BBC news.

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