Heathrow Airport: Biometrics

Department for Transport written question – answered on 2nd May 2019.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Independent, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when facial recognition technology for security checks for all passengers travelling through Heathrow Airport will be fully rolled out.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government does not require London Heathrow Airport to use facial recognition technology for security checks. London Heathrow Airport has taken a commercial decision to use biometrics in the hope that this will assist to streamline the passenger journey through the airport. All security checks will remain unchanged. The Department regularly discusses and reviews airport security with all regulated UK airports.

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