"New fingerprint and facial scans at Heathrow's Terminal
5 will improve security dramatically for passengers.
A spokesperson for British Airways (BA) - the airline which will
make sole use of the new terminal when it opens in March 2008
- said that the new systems would be effective security measures
on top of existing protocols.
He explained: "The way the system is going to work is that
the majority of our operation - both domestic and international
- will move into Terminal 5 eventually, and that mixes up passengers
for domestic and international destinations.
"So what we're doing is having one security system.
"As you pass through that security system, biometric information
is taken which, when you board the aircraft, is checked with the
individual that's boarding."
When asked if the systems would be installed in other airports,
the spokesperson explained that that was a matter for government
and airport operators to decide.
"From an airline's perspective we obviously just follow
the rules and regulations that are set down that we have to abide
by - that goes without saying," he concluded."