BAA to roll out electronic border gates at Heathrow

Airport operator BAA is rolling out electronic border gates at Heathrow Airport from January.

Airport operator BAA is rolling out electronic border gates at Heathrow Airport from January.

The Automated Clearance System will soon be opened for non-EU passengers and those without biometric passports. EU travellers with biometric passports can already use the system.

Access to the fast-track system will cost travellers $80 a year, but BAA says it will make the airport process quicker.

International travellers can register their interest in the scheme, after which they will be required to provide biometric information such as fingerprints or iris scans.

The system was developed with the UK Borders Agency, which will also store passengers' data.

Colin Matthews, chief executive of Heathrow, said, "We are continually looking at innovative ways to improve the passenger journey at Heathrow, and reducing waiting times at security points and at government immigration is a key priority, which helps Heathrow's international standing with passengers of all nationalities and strengthens its position as one of Europe's most important hub airports."

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