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August 4, 2023

UK Airport’s New E-Gate Policy For Kids

Now that we can expect summer flying numbers to bounce back to pre-COVID levels, UK airports have taken certain measures for traveling families. Let’s find out what it is.



Now you may be familiar with e-gates that allow you to breeze through immigration checks on a self-service. The good news is that the age limit for using e-gates has now been lowered from 12 to kids ages 10 and 11 years. Now that’s a big relief for the parents.


E-Gate Access For Kids


This change kicked off on July 24 after successful trials at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted airports.


Don’t worry; it’s not just these airports that’ll feature e-gates. You can also find e-gates at Glasgow, Cardiff, and Manchester airports.



The Home Office anticipates more than 400,000 10 and 11-year-olds to use the e-gates this year. Now, that’s a lot of happy families.


UK’s Immigration Minister, Robert Jenrick, assures us that this move will make passengers feel traveling “easier” and strengthen the UK borders’ security.

Although there have been a few hiccups with IT, the UK still processes more passengers through e-gates than any other country. That’s how they’ve been staying ahead of travel technology.


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