Shannon installs biometrics for US preclearance

Irish airport is first in Europe

New facial recognition system will speed up screening time

Shannon Airport, in south-west Ireland, is the first airport in Europe to introduce facial recognition technology for U.S. preclearance.

This airport says this will speed up the passenger journey through the airport and means shorter security screening times than at other airports.

The new technology is a further boost to Shannon which back in 2016 became the first airport in the world to operate a combined EU and US TSA checkpoint systems.

The introduction of the new facial technology system in recent months has seen Shannon become the first airport outside the Americas to use facial biometrics to verify the identity of passengers about to enter the US.

The facial recognition technology essentially verifies passengers by matching them to the documents they are presenting.

The installation of the service is timely for Shannon, with the airport enjoying its busiest period on transatlantic operations for 17 years, with seven services to six destinations.

Niall Maloney, Operations Director at Shannon Airport:

“Being the first airport in Europe to have this ground breaking technology installed reaffirms Shannon’s status in transatlantic aviation. We were the first to get preclearance and now we’re the first to pilot this technology. Ultimately, the big gain here is that this the latest enhancement to passenger services at Shannon. We’re coming to the end of our busiest summer season on transatlantic since the early part of the last decade and anything that speeds up queues and enhances security is a major plus.”

Andrew Murphy, Shannon Airport Managing Director:

 “We are delighted that US Customs and Border Protection has selected Shannon for this pilot. We’ve had an excellent working relationship with them since Shannon, in 2009, became the first airport outside the Americas to have US preclearance. “This means that we have the most efficient and reliable systems in place for passenger screening for the US. That’s good for security but also very good for the passenger.”

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