Manchester Airport facial recognition gates suspended after security breach
Facial recognition gates at Manchester Airport have been taken out of use, following a suspected security breach.
It is believed a couple were able to walk through the scanners in Terminal One on the morning of 8 February, having swapped passports.
It is understood they were stopped by an immigration officer afterwards.
The UK Border Agency said: “Following the incident, the gates at Manchester are suspended and we are reviewing the circumstances of this incident.”
Brodie Clark, the head of the agency, added: “The UK Border Agency is responsible for checking passengers arriving in the UK and takes this responsibility extremely seriously.
“We are working with the manufacturer of the gates installed at Manchester to learn lessons for the future.”
The facial recognition gates scan passengers’ faces and compare them to the photographs digitally stored on their passports.
They can be used by adult biometric passport holders from the UK and Europe.
They were first tested at Manchester Airport in 2008.
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