AIR passengers have been promised shorter boarding times at Glasgow Airport with the introduction of the first automated boarding-pass scanners to be deployed in Scotland.

Six self-service scanning machines went live at the weekend. Their introduction coincides with Glasgow and Edinburgh airports introducing body scans of passengers on Saturday.

The pass-scanning technology has already been rolled out at London City and Gatwick airports, where it has been credited with improving boarding.

The introduction at Glasgow is part of a £21 million investment programme.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: "Our focus in recent yeas has been on improving our customers' journey through the terminal building.

"Not only will this technology further enhance our compliance with strict industry security regulations, it will significantly reduce the amount of time passengers spend in the security hall."

Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, said: "BAA Glasgow International Airport is one of Scotland's busiest airports, carrying approximately seven million passengers to 90 destinations each year.

"The airport makes a substantial contribution to Scotland's economy, providing a vital service for leisure and business travellers and supporting 7300 jobs."