The news has been covering the latest trial run of the new face scanning machines at Manchester airport. All the usual bo@*/cks has been spouted how wonderful it is and how much time it will save travelers - which in reality is utter tosh. I have travelled a couple of times from Manchester airport, which is far from the best airport in the world, and both times the massive queues have not been at passport control, but at both the check-in desks followed by a long snaking queue to get into the departure lounge. The reason for this being all the daft security we have to suffer including the removal of our shoes and belts then shuffle through the metal detectors holding on to our trousers for dear life in case they fall down with several hundred people watching. What happened to the days when flying used to be oh so sophisticated?
As a member of the anti ID card organisation, No2ID, I get regular updates by e-mail, and this item below was their latest. Read the truth why we are suffering the inequities of these contraptions:
“The Home Office misdirecting the public as usual. This demo for a feeble technology is smoke and mirrors. What's being checked against watch lists is not your face but your passport. The
unfunny flipside of the joke that is "facial recognition", which we are supposed to be paying attention to here, is that the e-Borders systems are collecting massive amounts of detailed information about "every" traveller's journey - not just those of suspects on watch lists - passing it to foreign powers, and making it available to hundreds of government agencies and quangos. Meanwhile the people who used to do passport screening, and who can recognise odd behaviour as well as faces, may be losing their jobs.”
So, there we have it. Read the article in the Daily Telegraph.