Heathrow: You may no longer require your passport or boarding pass

Clutching your passport and boarding pass is all part and parcel of jetting off on holiday. But soon, if you fly from Heathrow Airport you might not need either. According to report, from this summer Heathrow will introduce facial recognition technology that will mean passengers flying from the airport won’t need to show passports or boarding passes. The £50m project, which would see the technology used at check-in, bag drop, security and boarding gates, will reduce the average passenger’s journey through the airport by up to a third, The Times reported. Aviation consultant Alex Macheras told the newspaper: “Major American airports already have this, and Asia is light years ahead in technology. “From the point of view of convenience, it undoubtedly works, although customers will have concerns about how their data is protected and airports must be transparent about this.”

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