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Luton Airport opens 10 new ePassport Gates

The speed of service at Luton Airport is improving year on year and this month they have doubled the number of ePassport gates on-site, replacing the five older ones that were already there with ten brand new gates.

The gates were opened by Border Force Director General Sir Charles Montgomery and are designed for use by EEA nationals aged 18 and over who are travelling with a biometric platform on one of the automated routers preset through the UK border.

This innovatively designed gates use facial recognition technology to provide super-fast identity and security checks, speeding up processing time and providing a better level of security. Once the checks are done the gates automatically open for cleared passengers to travel.

The use of automated technology such as these ePassport gates allows low risk passengers to travel at speed and means fewer resources need to be used to process them in the long run, cutting costs. It also allows the Border Force to focus on higher risk situations and their priority work.

Operations Director at London Luton Airport, Neil Thompson, described the new gates as ‘a fantastic innovation that make a real difference to our passengers’ and whilst they were principally designed for British and EEA travellers they can also be used for national from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan who have been accepted onto the Registered Traveller Programme. Travelling to and from Luton Airport has been made quicker and more convenient for many travellers, with the gates designed to benefit both passengers and the airport in general.