USA: More extensive tourist fingerprinting at U.S. airports

Fourteen small white boxes with green glowing screens were installed this week at customs booths around John F. Kennedy International Airport here.Now, in addition to handing over a passport to Customs and Border Protection agents, every noncitizen visitor has to place all four fingers and thumb from each hand on the glowing screen. Within seconds, CBP has their 10 digital fingerprints on file.This expanded effort to collect fingerprints of noncitizen visitors is part of a national test of improved biometrics technology that the Department of Homeland Security hopes will make it harder for people with forged documents or criminal pasts to enter the United States. Eventually, they hope to use this technology to ensure that foreign visitors who come leave when their visas have expired.Source: eTurboNews; find full article here>>

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