22 November 2013
The Home Office has now officially decommissioned its Iris Recognition Immigration System. Under the scheme, an eligible person who pre-registered his or her iris patterns was able to use automated barriers to pass through immigration control on arrival in the United Kingdom.
A new registered traveller scheme is being piloted, aiming to improve the way regular visitors can pass through the UK border. It will initially be available at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Passengers who previously registered to use IRIS will be eligible to apply for the new scheme.