Melbourne Airport doubles SmartGates, turns on body scanners

Melbourne Airport has started using body scanners for security at its international terminal.
Melbourne Airport has started using body scanners for security at its international terminal. Photo: Craig Abraham

Melbourne Airport has doubled its self-service terminals for passport checks.

Federal Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare on Monday said Australian, New Zealand and some US e-passport holders will now be able to clear customs quicker by using the SmartGate terminals rather than waiting in a queue.

SmartGate takes a photo of a traveller's face and, using facial recognition technology, matches it with the digitised image stored in their e-passport.

If there is a successful match, the traveller is cleared through the customs control point.

If there is no successful match, they are referred to a customs officer.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Airport said it has started to use body scanners at its international departures terminal.

The scanners can detect both metallic and non-metallic items.

Departing passengers will be screened either by the new body scanners or the walk-through metal detectors.

AAP

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