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NO-passport travel coming? UK to use facial recognition

The United Kingdom may drop the need for passport checks in the future with new high-tech e-gates that use facial recognition

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Passport headaches may soon be a thing of the past for visitors to the UK, as the government embarks on trials for a new "frictionless travel" border system.

This ambitious tech-driven plan aims to replace passport checks with advanced facial recognition technology, ushering in a faster and smoother entry process.

The cutting-edge e-gates, similar to those seen in Dubai and Australia, will analyse facial features to verify passenger identities, potentially eliminating the need for physical passport scans.

Phil Douglas, director-general of UK Border Force, said the aim was to create an ‘intelligent border’ that used ‘much more frictionless facial recognition than we currently do'.

Trials for the revolutionary system are slated to begin later this year, with hopes of significantly reducing airport processing times and boosting ease of travel.

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