Airports: 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, by what date facial recognition technology for security checks will be rolled out to airports that serve less than five million passengers per year.

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

The Government does not require airports to use facial recognition technology for security checks.

Some airports are planning to introduce biometric technology which they hope will assist the passenger journey through their airports. This use of biometrics will not change the required security checks. The Department regularly discusses and reviews airport security with all regulated UK airports.

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