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All air passengers to give their fingerprints … but is the reason security or simply to raise profits for the duty-free shops?
Posted By admin On July 27, 2008 @ 8:24 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled
UK Daily Mail 
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Millions of passengers flying from British airports will be fingerprinted from next year under the latest controversial Government anti-terror plans.
The measures, which will apply to both domestic and international passengers, are being introduced despite opposition from the Information Commissioner, Britain’s privacy watchdog.
The Commissioner forced Heathrow to abandon a similar plan earlier this year after warning that it was potentially illegal under data protection laws.
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Critics say the main reason for the scheme is that airport operators want to maximise profits by ensuring all passengers are able to spend money in ‘duty-free’ shops.
As a result, ‘common departure lounges’, where both domestic and international passengers can mix freely, are being introduced at all major UK airports.
This poses an obvious security risk in that an incoming international passenger – possibly a terrorist or a criminal – could switch tickets with an accomplice booked on a domestic flight.
The international passenger would then be able to fly elsewhere in Britain and enter the country without being checked by immigration authorities.
Now, the Home Office is putting the finishing touches to new rules requiring compulsory fingerprinting for all passengers.
The amendments to national aviation security rules will require fingerprints to be scanned when passengers pass through security into the airside terminal. Passengers will be fingerprint-scanned again at their flight departure gate.
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 UK Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1038879/All-air-passengers-fingerprints---reason-security-simply-raise-profits-duty-free-shops.html
 Fingerprinting may be introduced at British airports from next year: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fingerprinting-may-be-introduced-at-british-airports-from-next-year.html
 Security tightened for U.S.-bound air passengers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/security-tightened-for-u-s-bound-air-passengers.html
 Former Israeli Airline Security Chief: U.S. Needs to Profile Air Passengers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/former-israeli-airline-security-chief-u-s-needs-to-profile-air-passengers.html
 Airline passengers have ‘no right’ to refuse naked body scanners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/airline-passengers-have-no-right-to-refuse-naked-body-scanners.html
 Schumer Calls For Passenger Advocates At Airports During TSA Security Screenings: http://www.prisonplanet.com/schumer-calls-for-passenger-advocates-at-airports-during-tsa-security-screenings.html
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