BIOMETRICS, THE ENTRY/EXIT SYSTEM, AND ETIAS
At external Schengen borders, the Entry/Exit System (EES) and ETIAS will shorten the time needed to pass passport control.
To automatically determine a visitor’s permissible stay in the Schengen Area and detect overstayers, EES employs biometric passport data.
Airports will have equipment in place. The photo page of each passenger’s biometric passport will be scanned, and they will also gaze at a screen.
The biometric data included in the passport is compared to the facial image. Once the holder of the passport has been given the all clear to travel, the gates will automatically open.
It should just take a few seconds to complete, which is quicker than manual processing.
DATA PROTECTION, A PRIORITY FOR PASSENGERS AND THE EU
Although travellers are willing to divulge personal information, data security is a worry. Travelers are curious about the storage, use, and sharing of personal data.
Data processing security will be upheld by the eu-LISA, national units, and the ETIAS Central Unit.
To prevent unwanted access to ETIAS data, encryption will be employed. Information will only be kept for as long as the visa waiver is in effect, or for a maximum of five years after the most recent ETIAS rejection or annulment.
Passengers and the European Union place a high importance on protecting personal data.
TRAVELLERS WILL SPEND LESS TIME QUEUING WITH ETIAS
People want to spend less time standing in line, according to the 2021 Global Passenger Survey, which was previously mentioned.
Queuing at security screening was cited as a major area for improvement by 41% of travellers.
When ETIAS is operational, visa-exempt travellers will undergo security screening prior to crossing the Schengen border. In the days preceding their journey, travellers will finish the registration procedure and get pre-approval.
It is anticipated that this new procedure may shorten lines for security screening. a benefit for all visitors to the Schengen Region.