Fingerprints to replace passports

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now scanning fingerprints to use as both proof of identification and your boarding pass.

New biometric fingerprint technology has been introduced at two US airports to help increase security and reduce time spent in check-in and security queues.

If it works, we may soon see the end of boarding passes and passports.

The TSA has begun a four-week trial of its PreCheck fingerprint ID program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Denver International Airport and is hoping to evaluate the “operational and security impact of using biometrics to verify passengers’ identities using their fingerprints”.

“TSA looks at technologies and intelligence capabilities that allow us to analyse and secure the travel environment, passengers and their property,” said TSA’s acting assistant administrator, Steve Karoly.

“Through these and other technology demonstrations, we are looking to reinvent and enhance security effectiveness to meet the evolving threat and ensure that passengers get to their destinations safely.

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“In the long term, this technology has the potential to automate the travel document checking process by eliminating the need for a boarding pass and identity document, and granting or denying traveller access into the security checkpoint through an electronic gate.”

PreCheck fingerprint identification is seen as the way of the future, and once in place throughout the US, it could be coming soon to an airport near you. At least you can never lose your passport again.

What do you think of this program? Would you be happy having your fingerprints scanned and used as travel documentation?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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