Flights: Airports launch lie-detector tests to catch terrorists boarding flights

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Flights: Hungary, Latvia and Greece airports to have AI lie-detector tests to fight terrorism (Image: Getty Images)

Those travelling through certain airports may be compelled to take a lie detector test with the aim of catching terrorists, criminals and illegal immigrants.

Passengers will be asked a number of questions while a special machine asseses the accuracy of their answers.

The questions will allude to the passenger’s luggage and their identity.

Would you be happy to undergo lie a detector test at airport security?

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Airports in Europe are set to trial new Artificial Intelligence in a bid to fight terror and catch illegal immigrants entering the country.

Lie detector tests will be rolled out at airports in Hungary, Latvia and Greece as part of an EU-funded drive to fight crime.

The three nations all border non-European Union nations and will employ the new iBorderCtrl technology on travellers from outside the EU.

These fliers will have to use an online application to upload pictures of their passport, visa and proof of funds if they wish to travel.

They will then have to answer questions from a computer-animated border guard through a webcam.

They will be interrogated regarding their name, age and date of birth as well as the purpose of their trip or questions about their luggage.

According to New Scientist, some of these questions include: “What’s in your suitcase?” and “If you open the suitcase and show me what is inside, will it confirm that your answers were true?”

The questions will be personalised to the traveller’s gender, ethnicity and language.

The micro-expressions of those tested will be analysed to work out if they are lying.

Interviewees who are flagged as high-risk will undergo a more detailed check.

If iBorderCtrl identifies the person as telling the truth they will receive a QR code to let them pass the border.

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Flights: Airports in Hungary, Latvia and Greece will be trialling new lie detector technology (Image: Getty Images)

If it suspects they are lying, biometric information will be taken, such as fingerprinting, palm vein reading, and face matching. This will recalculate the potential risk posed by the traveller.

A human border guard will then take over and will review the information and make an assessment.

“It is hoped that trials about to start in Hungary, Greece and Latvia will prove that the intelligent portable control system helps border guards reliably identify travellers engaging in criminal activity,” said a European Commission statement.

“The trials will start with lab testing to familiarise border guards with the system, followed by scenarios and tests in realistic conditions along the borders.”

The technology will not currently prevent anyone from crossing the border.

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The iBorderCtrl team told New Scientist they are “quite confident” the success rate of the AI can reach 85 per cent.

“We’re employing existing and proven technologies – as well as novel ones – to empower border agents to increase the accuracy and efficiency of border checks,” said project coordinator George Boultadakis of European Dynamics in Luxembourg.

“iBorderCtrl’s system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit.”

London Heathrow Airport will be launching the hub’s first end-to-end biometrics trial next summer, bringing facial recognition to each point of the departing passenger’s journey. 

It will be the first time Heathrow has carried out a full-scale rollout of the new technology and will mean the London airport will have the world’s largest deployment of biometrics trial next summer, bringing facial recognition to each point of the departing passenger’s journey. 

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