• Time is running short for implementing the EES in Europe.
European entry-exit system requires biometric protection of external borders.

Entry/Exit System faces challenges


Thursday, 07 March 2019 09:23

Without proper preparation for the European Entry/Exit System (EES) at the EU’s external borders, the duration of process at border control booths will take a lot more time than now, creating tumultuous and unwanted events. Implementation seems manageable at air and sea borders, but hardly feasible on land borders.

Why is it hard to implement available technology? Here are some answers that will make you realize the difficulties of introducing the EES.

Space – or rather lack of space

The lack of space is the greatest problem at every location. Experts deem necessary the setting up of 4 to 5 TCN (Third Country National) kiosks per border patrol station, which might add up to as much as 40 to 50 new kiosks per airports.

This poses a major challenge at airport: for instance, in Prague the airport has to find a solution to this problem in a 60-year-old building that has already been outgrown by traffic.

The management of passenger flux is quite a challenge on its own, educational signs, billboards, directing lanes will have to be set up.

Time

Time constraint is yet another big challenge. The ideal goal would be to limit the waiting time of the last passenger to maximum 30 minutes. That is a necessity because of the need to reach connecting flights, luggage reclaim, etc.

Personnel

Currently, labor shortage is a global problem. There is no available personnel at disposal, and if there was, there is no funding to pay for their work.

Entry of families

Where do you put the children during the enrollment of the parents?

Brexit

One single word: chaos.

Second line check processing

Due to more in-depth checks, an increased second line check is to be expected, with no resources for it either.

User friendly technologies and systems

There is already a fierce competition between the terminals, with the race to become the most "user friendly" airport.

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