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Fingerprinted before you are allowed to fly within the country.

Heathrow airport first to fingerprint - Telegraph

Millions of British airline passengers face mandatory fingerprinting before being allowed to board flights when Heathrow’s Terminal 5 opens later this month.

For the first time at any airport, the biometric checks will apply to all domestic passengers leaving the terminal, which will handle all British Airways flights to and from Heathrow.

The controversial security measure is also set to be introduced at Gatwick, Manchester and Heathrow’s Terminal 1, and many airline industry insiders believe fingerprinting could become universal at all UK airports within a few years.

All four million domestic passengers who will pass through Terminal 5 annually after it opens on March 27 will have four fingerprints taken, as well as being photographed, when they check in.

Dr Gus Hosein, of the London School of Economics, an expert on the impact on technology on civil liberties, is one of the scheme’s strongest critics.

He said: "There is no other country in the world that requires passengers travelling on internal flights to be fingerprinted. BAA says the fingerprint data will be destroyed, but the records of who has travelled within the country will not be, and it will provide a rich source of data for the police and intelligence agencies.

"I grew up in a society where you only fingerprinted people if you suspected them of being criminals. By doing this they will make innocent people feel like criminals.

"There will also be a suspicion that this is the thin end of the wedge, that we are being softened up by making fingerprinting seem normal in the run-up to things like ID cards."

Gordon's Grenztruppen have their eyes on controlling internal movements as well, how they love the number plate recognition cameras on the motorways, and now if you fly.... And if they can sneak in travel permits under the guise of "carbon points cards" (brainchild of Miliband) their happiness would be complete, until the next restriction idea occurred to them.

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O for the good old days of 1984!

"I grew up in a society where you only fingerprinted people if you suspected them of being criminals. By doing this they will make innocent people feel like criminals."

I must be even older, for I am certain that it was only the dabs of convicted criminals that were stored. Still that's all history now. I gave up flying to the USA when they started fingerprinting incoming travellers. I'll give up flying in the UK too. Alas, I am stuck with ANPR as too many journeys are impossible without the car.

They are going to right way to alienate Yokel.

I thought that the authorities already had biometric data in the form of dental records in the event of a plane crash. They are safe because my dentist can't obtain credit cards with a photo of my gnashers. Fingerprints won't be much help for identification in the event of a JP-8 fuelled conflagration. DNA from body parts can be matched with samples from hairbrushes etc.
There will always be idiots who say "well if you're not doing anything wrong, you've nothing to hide." I say "if I'm not doing anything wrong you've no reason to look."
It is time to watch "Brazil" again to tick off the mindless evils and stupidities of the state that have become reality.

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