23rd Jun 2017
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Fingerprints are replacing your boarding pass and passport
Fingerprints are replacing your boarding pass and passport

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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    Rosret
    24th Jun 2017
    7:24am
    Haven't they watched the movies?
    Julian
    24th Jun 2017
    7:45am
    Can't see this happening here. The government will miss out on exhorbitant passport fees.
    Troubadour
    24th Jun 2017
    9:52am
    I'm sure they will find some way of having to pay a fee!~!
    Nan Norma
    24th Jun 2017
    11:33am
    Hope it works better than on my new ipad. I had a thumb print for security, when it took for ever and ever to sign me in my IT son removed it and I'm back to using a password.
    policeman
    24th Jun 2017
    11:37am
    Malaysia. I.e KL has been finger printing the index finger for yrs...
    Eddy
    24th Jun 2017
    11:50am
    Do we worry about some government agency taking my fingerprints -no. We have already been fingerprinted on entering the USA (funnily enough it was in Vancouver, Canada, when we were boarding a cruise ship to Alaska). We had cruised from Sydney to Vancouver and had already been to American Samoa, Hawaii and Seattle with minimum formality, all the UIS Border Agents wanted was to see we had our passports. My wife and I joke that if we ever rob a bank we must wear gloves as the FBI has our 'prints. With advancing technology it probably won't be long before a skin swab can be instantly analysed for DNA, which may supersede fingerprinting.
    Triss
    24th Jun 2017
    12:51pm
    I think you"re right, Eddy, but I've wondered if the system of someone who undergoes an organ transplant shows the DNA of the donor. That could cause chaos if there's a long queue waiting to board.
    Alexia
    8th Nov 2017
    2:55pm
    What a great idea!
    Fingerprints is the go for so many reasons.


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