In the wake of the UK’s busiest airport, Heathrow, introducing facial recognition technology from this summer
the UK’s most disappointing airport, Luton, has announced that they will be asking challenging riddles to their passengers and those that fail to answer correctly will be refused travel.
In Heathrow passengers will be encouraged to register for the futuristic service that links their passport to their facial biometric,
in Luton a spokesperson told us that there are a whole series of complex challenges planned.
An insider told us “The system is designed to root out potential terrorists. I mean, what terrorist is going to know what goes up when the rain comes down? Or What has hands and a face but can’t talk or walk. It’s virtually foolproof” He went on to explain “One riddle that is proving very challenging is the one that starts ‘my first is in air but never in port’ it carries on from there with 8 similar statements. The answer’s Aeroplane but we don’t want people knowing that so keep it to yourself.”
Once passengers in Heathrow have signed up it will mean they can walk through by simply looking into a camera which in turn will reduce waiting time.
Whereas in Luton a wooden bridge is being built that passengers will have to walk over and a small man dressed as a troll will jump out randomly and challenge them. Failure to answer correctly will result in not being accepted for travel. Airport bosses have warned that it could mean lengthy waiting times at the airport. “I would aim to be at the airport at least 3 – 4 weeks before your flight and bring a pen and paper.” He advised.