Munich Airport to Add Automated Passport Control Gates
Munich Airport announced it began using automated EasyPass gates at border control checkpoints as part of a trial run that started on February 24 of this year.
The new automated gate system will give adult travelers from the European Union and Switzerland the option of bypassing traditional checkpoint procedures in order to pass through passport control more quickly.
To proceed through the ePassport gates, as they are called, passengers hold their chip-equipped passports up to an electronic reader at the entrance to the gate. After the gate opens, a camera matches passengers’ pictures to their passports and checks their passport data. Once travelers are cleared, the system opens an exit gate to allow them to leave the checkpoint.
In addition to electronic passports, the system is also able to read German identification cards. Use of the new system is strictly voluntary, and traditional desk agents will still be at hand to assist passengers traveling through customs.
The airport, which is currently using the automated gates in Terminal 2 as part of the trial run, plans to install the gates in Module B of Terminal 1 this July.
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