New ePassport gates opened at Edinburgh AirportStaff Writer | August 22, 2017
The 10 new ePassport gates at International Arrivals 2 were officially opened by Border Force chief operating officer Emma Moore and Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar.
Britain ePassport gates provide a faster route
The new ePassport gates provide EEA nationals, aged 18 and over, and who are travelling using a biometric or "chipped" passport, an automated route through the UK Border.
Those aged 12 to 18 years old, and who are accompanied by an adult, are also able to use them.
The gates use facial recognition technology to provide identity and security checks in a matter of seconds.
The passenger’s face is compared to the digital image recorded in their passport.
Once complete the gate opens automatically to allow cleared passengers through the border.
Border Force officers monitor the system and any travellers rejected by the gates are directed to the normal clearance desks to be seen by an officer.
Automated technology, such as ePassport gates, gives Border Force the ability to process a higher number of low risk passengers more quickly and using less resource.
ePassport gates provide a faster route through the border while freeing up Border Force Officers to focus on other priority work such as cracking down on the smuggling of dangerous goods and identifying potential victims of trafficking. ■