Europe Set to Trial Biometric Screening

Back in October, the EU implemented the Smart Borders Initiative, which was designed to make it easier for foreigners who frequently travel to the EU as well as to monitor third-country nationals crossing the borders. As part of the program, a biometric screening trial is being rolled out, with non-EU nationals being asked to participate in facial, iris and fingerprint recognition upon arrival at six major airports.

The biometric identification process will begin as voluntary, but there are plans in place to eventually make it a mandatory security measure. The pilot program currently lists Arlanda (Sweden), Charles de Gaulle (France), Frankfurt (Germany), Lisbon (Portugal), Madrid (Spain), and Schiphol (Netherlands) as participating airports. This list is expected to expand. the biometric screening will also extend to certain road, train and sea routes.

 

 

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