Travellers to US to face tougher ID checks

Hotel News - 11/10/2006

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US authorities say that a change in the way travellers are expected to provide finger printing will come into force by the end of next year. All visitors to the US will have to agree to have prints taken from all their fingers and not just their index finger as is required currently. The authorities are convinced that due to more efficient machinery, the process should not result in delays but the Air Transport Users' Council, which represents British passengers disagrees. The Council's chairman Simon Evans, said "So far travellers have been tolerant about security measures, but increasingly they will feel they are being treated as criminals". The additional prints are needed because accoring to the US Department of Homeland Security, around 70 people a day are being unnecessarily detained at ports and they feel scans of index fingers might not prevent terrorists from entering the country.

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