Terry BakerTerry Baker, co-founder of the NetLetter scours the internet for aviation related Trivia and Travel Tips for you, our readers, to peruse.

Iris Recognition Immigration System (IRIS), Iris eye scanners.

During a visit to the UK in 2005, a friend of mine who worked with British Midland Airways suggested I apply for the IRIS system. I was duly enrolled but never used the system before it was withdrawn. 

In 2003, Iris-recognition machines, which can identify people by reading the distinctive pattern surrounding the pupil of the eye, were to be installed at 10 British airports within a year.

In 2005, the multi-million pound Iris Recognition Immigration System (IRIS), intended to speed up passport control, was introduced at Heathrow and rolled out at Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester in 2006. During 2012 the scanners at Birmingham and Manchester were removed. They continued in use at Heathrow and Gatwick until after the 2012 Olympics.

Source: bbc.com/news

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Continuation of the Air Canada nee Trans-Canada Air Lines History.

Started in NetLetter #1483.

Source: Air Canada 75 years of innovation

  • 1953
    • In December three extremely durable Bristol Freighters with a six ton capacity join the fleet to cope with an expanding cargo market that by now handles everything from perishable moose meat to heavy machinery.
  • 1954
    • On January 1, 1954, Air Canada becomes the new official French name for Trans-Canada Air Lines.
  • 1955
    • TCA becomes the first airline in North America to bring turbo-driven aircraft into service on April 1, 1955, with the gallant Vickers Viscount. The aircraft carries record numbers of passengers, including, in December, four-year-old Michael Roder, who's the airline's 10-millionth passenger. At each pit stop on his trip from Vancouver to London, he's presented with part of a cowboy outfit; by the time he reaches his destination, he's in full Western regalia.
  • 1956
    • Both TCA and Canadian Pacific Airlines fly refugees fleeing the conflict caused by the Hungarian Revolution from Vienna to Canada in the fall of 1956. They also fly in emergency supplies.
  • 1958
    • Pilots rejoice once again! The introduction of radar-tracking technology means they can avoid weather disturbances. (It's good for passengers too.)

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