The gates can be used by any United Kingdom or European passenger aged over 18 having a new e-passport with electronic chip
Tags: David Holt, Home Office, `e-Borders’
16th September 2009: Facial recognition gates have been installed at Bristol Airport’s passport control for allowing secure and efficient journey through the UK’s border for legitimate passengers. At the same time, it makes it tougher for criminals and illegal migrants to get into the country.
The Home Office says the gates can be used by any United Kingdom or European passenger aged over 18, who has a new e-passport with an electronic chip issued since 2006.
David Holt, Acting Director for the UK Border Agency’s Border Force South, adds: ‘If we suspect that someone is not genuinely coming to visit the UK, we refuse them entry.
‘Our officers at the UK’s border are skilled at spotting those who are not genuine tourists and when their stories lack credibility we take action.
‘The UK Border Agency is working hard to combat illegal immigration and Britain’s border security has never been stronger.’
The Government is currently introducing sweeping changes to the UK’s border security and immigration system.
Every visa applicant is fingerprinted and checked against a range of immigration, crime and terrorism watch-lists before they set foot in the United Kingdom, while the ongoing roll-out of identity cards for foreign nationals locks those here to one identity.
The new £1.2bn e-Borders system is helping the UK Border Agency target terrorist suspects, known criminals and would-be illegal immigrants before they can reach the United Kingdom.
The concept of `e-Borders’ will enable the Agency to count people in and out of the country with 60 per cent of all passenger and crew movements captured by December 2009, 95 per cent by December 2010 and all passengers by 2014.