Computerised border check trials at Schiphol

Europeans with biometric passports will be able to leave Amsterdam´s Schiphol airport without showing their documents to a human being from next year, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

The airport authorities and justice ministry are working on a system known as No-Q, which would allow passengers to have their passports scanned by computer.
The computer will take a photograph of the traveller and compare it to the biometric data stored on the passport. The aim of the project is to cut down waiting times at passport control, which is one of passengers´ biggest bugbears. It is not yet clear how long each computerised check will take, the Volkskrant said.
At the same time, the Netherlands is to begin requiring all airlines using Schiphol airport to hand over advance passenger information to the Dutch authorities, so police can begin drawing up risk profiles of passengers. The information includes the name, age and address of all passengers as well as the reason for their journey, the paper says.

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