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Brits could soon have to face ‘lie detector’ tests when flying to certain countries

Brits could soon have to face ‘lie detector’ tests when flying to certain countries

The new software would pick up on any travellers acting unusually

New security measures could be set to be introduced at airports, meaning Brits will have to face a 'lie detector test' before being permitted to travel to the EU.

Artificial Intelligence could be incorporated into airport security as part of the EU's plan to strengthen border security following Brexit.

The AI software, which has been successfully trialled, would track passengers' body and face movements inside airports while they are filling out application forms.

Should the system pick up on a traveller acting unusually, a staff member would then be alerted and able to carry out further checks, with the possibility of the person being refused entry, according to The Mail on Sunday.

The 'lie detector tests' could potentially be installed after the Entry-Exit Systems (EES) begin to be introduced from 6 October.

Reports claim the software will incorporated into the EES as well as the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which is to be introduced in the near future.

However, experts have warned that the new scheme would discriminate against those with disabilities and lead to widespread rejections of visas.

New security measures could be introduced at airports. (
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Patrick Breyer, a German MEP, has criticised the new software, saying it cannot be determined if somebody is lying from their facial expressions.

He added: "It will discriminate against anyone who is disabled or who has an anxious personality. It will not work."

The EES will be introduced towards the end of year, meaning travellers will have their biometric data - such as fingerprints and facial image - collected the first time they visit Europe from 6 October and then every three years.

Then, from mid-2025, ETIAS will be introduced for short stays of up to 90 days.

Brits will have to apply online at least one month prior to travelling - similar to applying for a US ESTA visa waiver.

The EU plans to strengthen border security following Brexit. (
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The official website currently states: "The rules of travel to Europe have changed. Starting in mid-2025, some 1.4 billion people from over 60 visa-exempt countries are required to have a travel authorisation to enter most European countries."

Applicants will be asked for information about their passport, education, identity, job, recent travel and criminal convictions.

All arrivals will need one and it applies to countries in the Schengen Area - the 26 European states, including Spain and France.

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Topics: Travel, Brexit, Holiday