Airports are to introduce a trial of automated facial-recognition technology, the government has said.
The trial will begin during the summer in an attempt to improve security and reduce passenger congestion.
Holders of new UK and EU biometric passports will pass through unmanned gates that will scan their faces and match them to records.
The Home Office said that the pilot scheme would be extended to all major UK airports, if successful.
Border security officials believe that the new technology will be more effective at passport screening, and preventing identity fraud.
Biometric technology uses computerised methods to identify a person by their unique physical or behavioural characteristics.