Sep 17, 2019

Gatwick Airport commits to facial recognition tech at boarding

Gatwick has become the UK's first airport to confirm it will use facial recognition cameras on a permanent basis for ID checks before passengers board planes. The London airport said the tech should reduce queuing times, but added that travellers would still need to carry their passports. On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Gatwick told the BBC that it had taken the decision after reviewing feedback provided by passengers involved in the earlier test. A spokeswoman for Gatwick said it had designed its use of the tech to be "Compliant with all data protection law" and passengers would be able to choose to have their passports checked by human staff. Children under a certain age would need parental or guardian consent, she added, although Gatwick has still to determine what the cut-off point will be.

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