I do not believe that it is even possible to get past passport control with a biometric passport.
You stand in front of the official, they scan your passpoprt code. up come your details, they look at you and pass you through.
Coming home, my passport lets me into the booth, my face etc is scanned and I walk through (to wait half an hour for my bag...)
Plus, all the loudspeaker calls for people who have forgotten to even GET on the plane.
AND STILL, we're made to feel like criminals just before we go onto a half hour flight!
El Al, everyone can take their water onto the plane. UK - "Excuse me Sir, but it's a criminal offence to carry a bottle of water onto the plane" (which I forgot was in the bottom of my bag from my hiking weekend....)
I ask again. How the hell did they get ON a plane with a stolen passport. ridiculous, or, as usual, only the UK and the USA are following the rules...
[I'm going to have a little lie down now....]