Following a rule change in the United Kingdom, more children will be able to utilize passport e-gates.

Children aged 10 and 11 will be able to use passport e-gates at the UK border beginning Monday, thanks to a modification in the rules published by the government.

Currently, only children aged 12 and over are eligible to utilize the e-gates, which are located at 15 air and rail ports.

According to the government, the shift is the result of successful testing at Gatwick, Stansted, and Heathrow.

It comes as families leaving for summer vacations faced traffic bottlenecks and delays on Friday.


The government expects passenger flows to return to 2019 levels this summer, with certain ports exceeding previous levels. Border Force anticipates that over 34 million plane arrivals will pass through UK passport control in the coming months.

This year, almost 400,000 children aged 10 to 11 are scheduled to use e-gates.

Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City, Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, and Newcastle Airports have the gates erected. They are also used at the Eurostar stations in Brussels and Paris for UK border controls.

According to Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick, the deployment “will make travel easier for passengers while also strengthening the security of the UK border.”

“The UK processes more passengers through e-gates than any other country – and today’s announcement ensures we remain at the forefront of technology,” he continued.

However, the e-gate service has had issues in the past, with airports across England and Scotland experiencing long lines when the gates stopped working at the end of May.

The Home Office told the BBC that the outage, which lasted more than a day, was caused by an IT problem. Travelers had to wait in lengthy lines for hours.

The Port of Dover reported a “busy day” with passengers travelling to France on Friday. It had previously warned tourists to expect delays at border crossings, with processing durations of up to 90 minutes.

Families were also inconvenienced by traffic congestion and delays at the Dartford Crossing.

Because of a crash on Friday, National Highways stopped part of the River Thames crossing, causing lengthy delays.

Shortly before 07:00 BST, the collision prompted the closure of one of the crossing’s two tunnels, which is utilized for northbound traffic.

The tunnel was later reopened, but according to National Highways, the incident created five miles of traffic delay.

According to the RAC, an estimated 12.6 million car journeys will be made for a day trip or holiday between Friday and Monday when the majority of schools in England and Wales close for the summer.

The first passports in King Charles’ name were issued earlier this week.

Passports will now read “His Majesty,” with the era of “Her Majesty” for the late Queen Elizabeth II coming to an end.

The new passports are the most recent step in the gradual transition of reigns, with stamps and some coins now bearing the King’s head. Next year, banknotes will begin to change.

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