Portugal’s Faro airport has begun using what it calls the world’s first semi-automatic passport control system. Holders of the British biometric ePassport can go through the Rapid security system by holding up their passport to a reader and then having their face scanned and compared to the biometric details stored on their passport. The procedure can take as little as 20 seconds. The Rapid facility, which is also in use at Lisbon airport, is set to be introduced at all of Portugal’s airports by the end of the year. Approximately 8 million ePassports have been issued to British citizens.
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