09. januar 2019

Border control and blurred responsibilities at the airport

Postdoc Perle Møhl has recently contributed to the book Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security Provision with the chapter 'Border control and blurred responsibilities at the airport.'

Based on fieldwork with the Border Police unit in Copenhagen Airport, the chapter describes the security blurs that arise when, for one, facial recognition technology takes over the work of sorting travellers and, secondly, individual officers decide whom to inspect during random checks on intra-European flights. In both cases, the chapter argues, the processes of decision-making and the allocation of responsibilities for border security are blurred and rendered uncontrollable by delocalising and individuating the border, respectively into the machine and into the individual border guard.

Perle Møhl, Border control and blurred responsibilities at the airport, Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security Provision, December 2018.