UK: chaos to be expected from new electronic passport checks?

The e-borders programme, which is due to be fully in force by 2014, is aimed at tackling terrorism, crime and illegal immigration and allows passenger details to be checked against watch lists. However, travel operators from the rail, shipping and travel industries told MPs that the Home Office had not consulted them properly and warned that the system could lead to unacceptable delays: Travellers could face chaos during this year’s school holidays if airlines are forced to implement new electronic passport checks.The government said the e-borders scheme was already a proven success. But travel operators warned it could breach EU laws on data collection. And they said the flagship £750m programme to collect electronic records of everyone who enters and leaves the UK will also miss Home Office deadlines.Source: BBCNews; find article here>>.

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