‘Smart access’ scanners to be introduced at Stansted

New self-service ‘Smart Access’ scanners will replace manual boarding pass checks for passengers flying from Stansted next week.

The £1.2 million system, similar to the Oyster card service in use at London Underground Stations, scans boarding passes and verifies that passengers are travelling on the correct flight and date.

The smart technology will be used before passengers enter the security screening area from April 22.

A dedicated entrance will be available for wheelchair users and passengers with reduced mobility, while child buggies will be able to pass through the wider gates available at each entry point.

Use of the system follows the airport being taken over by Manchester Airports Group earlier in the year.

Terminal manager Neil Banks said the aim was to make it quicker and simpler for passengers to reach the departure lounge.

He said: “The innovation is the first part of some really exciting changes planned across the airport, part of which involves developing a fantastic new and improved departure lounge for our passengers to enjoy.

“Stansted is already one of the most efficient and easy to use airport terminals but we want to make it even better and create a great airport experience for the thousands of passengers travelling through every day.”

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