UK Liberty

UK borders face scanners don’t work

Posted in surveillance society by ukliberty on October 6, 2008

The Telegraph:

Sources from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) have revealed that the devices are failing to detect when two people pass through them at the same time.

The system, which replaces traditional passport control measures, is undergoing a “live trial” at Manchester Airport, where a UKBA worker said it was suffering almost daily malfunctions.

He said immigration officers had been able to accompany travellers through the scanners without an alarm being triggered, even though the booths are supposed to detect if more than one person enters at a time.

Although,

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “It is pretty much impossible that someone could get through border control by tailgating. The trial is heavily supervised, there is someone watching the gates and watching them on a monitor. The purpose of this trial is to establish that the gates are operating effectively.”

We seem to enjoy being leaders in the use of unproven, easily broken, liberty infringing technologies:

The Home Office project is the first in the world to use the scanners at a major international airport.

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