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“Exploring eGates at London Airports”

March 26, 2024 | by The Jeuns

Travelers flying to major airports like Heathrow and Gatwick may soon experience much quicker processing times thanks to the implementation of “eGates” utilizing facial recognition technology.

Gone are the days of waiting in long lines at passport control. With eGates, travelers simply stand at a turnstile, the camera reads their eyes, and the gate opens in a matter of seconds. This innovative technology has drastically reduced processing times for passengers, with some reporting clearing passport control in a fraction of the time it used to take.

In the United States, CLEAR, a private service in partnership with several airlines, has been using facial recognition technology at TSA security checkpoints for years. Now, the TSA is also beginning to experiment with this technology in an effort to streamline the security process for travelers.

The adoption of biometric identification is gaining momentum globally, with 70% of airlines expected to use the technology by 2026. Additionally, 90% of airports are actively investing in biometric identification technology, indicating a widespread shift towards more efficient and secure travel processes.

With eGates and facial recognition technology becoming more prevalent in airports around the world, travelers can look forward to faster and smoother travel experiences in the years to come.

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