IRIS, which stands for Iris Recognition Immigration System, the UK Border Agency's high tech iris recognition system is apparently being phased out. It's already been removed from Manchester and Birmingham airports and after the Olympics it will be removed from Heathrow and Gatwick.
Costing more than £3 million when it was phased in, the system provides regular non EU travellers with an alternative to the potential queues that frequently accumulate at the big hubs. The Border Agency website isn't currently suggestion of a fixed plan to replace the system with something similar, but they do promise they're replacing it with other types of gates non-EU passengers can use. And they claim they're always looking into new technology, so hopefully it's something, quick - those queues can really get you down.
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