18 MARCH 2019

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Article from BTNews 18 MARCH 2019

E-gate access extended

Citizens from seven new countries – the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea – will be able to use e-gates at UK airports and Eurostar terminals from June, chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed last week.

He also announced landing cards will begin to be abolished from June, a move he said would reduce bureaucracy and accelerate the processing of passengers on arrival in the UK.

The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) was among those welcoming the moves. Chief executive Dale Keller said: “Our members will be delighted the outdated process and hassle of landing cards is being abolished.

“We also welcome the extension of ePassport gates to the seven additional countries in time for the summer peak. We will be working with airports and Border Force to monitor the much-needed improvement in queue times.”

On e-gates, Airport Operators Association chief executive Karen Dee said: “We are pleased the government has acted on the concerns of airlines and airports about the deteriorating border experience in recent years with this statement."

On landing cards, she added: “The abolition of these outdated cards is welcome news. This paves the way for further steps to reduce bureaucracy and make the UK border fit for the 21st century.”

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Michael Preston, Weybridge/Cape Town

These e-gates are another step towards the dehumanisation of travelling by air. I try to avoid using them, they are often slower than the manned booths and sometimes don't work at all. I particularly dislike the 'ushers' who try to bully people who don't wish to do so, into using them.


Michael Preston, Weybridge/Cape Town

These e-gates are another step towards the dehumanisation of travelling by air. I try to avoid using them, they are often slower than the manned booths and sometimes don't work at all. I particularly dislike the 'ushers' who try to bully people who don't wish to do so, into using them.


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