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Member since 13 Jan 2015
Total posts 80
Picking up on your glasses comment. My passport photo has me wearing glasses (issued 2010) and I've had the customs officers shouting at me to remove my glasses from across the smartgates. I just pretend i don't hear them now because i'm fed up being shouted at like a child almost every time.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,118
Believe it or not, although much of the SmartGate system is automated, there are still staff members who monitor the passengers going through it.Each of them watches over a certain number of gates (this is why sometimes banks of SmartGates can be closed, as there's nobody staffed at those respective monitoring counters), and even though the passenger is cleared electronically, the photograph taken by the gate, and information about the traveller, is presented on a screen elsewhere in the airport (often to staff sitting at desks behind the SmartGate barriers). The photograph stored in the passport chip is also displayed alongside the 'live' photo for an additional comparison, so it's not completely automated.Australia's Passenger Movement Charge is high compared to many other countries though, no doubt about that: and significantly adds to the cost of short international flights such as to New Zealand (whereas on longer, more expensive journeys, the PMC is less noticeable, albeit the same price).
Member since 19 Aug 2014
Total posts 2
And how many people who have passports fly Business Class lol!! So silly.
A lot of developed countries like US etc are all 10 years.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 08 Jun 2018
Total posts 144
As is the UK. And as a slight aside, for Frequent Travellers who need / want a second passport, the UK also issues these for 10 years. I appreciate fully that not everyone needs a second passport, but for those that do if you also have to renew that every 3 years, then the costs escalate enormously. The expedited / urgent cost of a Aus passport has always struck me as amazing. In the UK for about Â£30 extra you can go and get one the same day!
Member since 04 Dec 2013
Total posts 65
So you're dudded by up to 10% of the life of a passport (if it's for 5 years) on the off-chance that you spend six months in the slammer? I'd say the risk of someone's passport expiring if they simply overstay and vanishing into the ether is much higher. And that could happen regardless of how much validity you've got left...
Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 05 Jul 2017
Total posts 4
Exactly - and of those that do, how many are actually paying the fare from their own pockets?
Air Canada - Aeroplan
Member since 28 Feb 2015
Total posts 10
What's more, if you apply for a renewal UK passport before the old one expires, the remaining time is added to your new one for no extra charge. Why aren't all governments doing that - especially as many of them impose the "must have at least 6 more months' validity" rule.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 08 Jul 2017
Total posts 8
The 5 yr permanent resident visas are ridiculously overpriced. Greedy muppets. Obscene. My 10 yr Irish passport costs me a third if that.
I think they add back up to 9 months of unexpired time on existing passports. So max term would be 10 years 9 months. But I agree its a very helpful extra
Member since 20 Nov 2017
Total posts 35
And then you can also declare a few things at quarantine/customs and really get your money's worth!
Member since 13 Jan 2017
Total posts 17
And of course the provision and maintenance of the smartgates, data links and associated technology to allow rapid movement through the airport all came at zero cost to the government (sarcasm)
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 428
Re: glasses/spectacles, I prefer to comply, if they want to pick on me, as I want to get through the immi self processing process as fast as possible.
Though, when I use Smartgate, which they seem to prefer, I am through in seconds.
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 627
No passport stamping frees up pages so we can squeeze the 10 year life out of the passport. This is a plus not a negative. It is not compulsory to use smartgate. There are plenty of long queues to join to get a stamp.
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