Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Ja: New airport scanning system to counter terrorism

A NEW automated US$2 million (J$120 miilion) immigration and control system is to be implemented at the island's two major airports in May. This is a precursor to the biometric system, being pushed by the United States, where fingerprints and other personal information will be scanned inside machine-readable passports.

The new automated immigration system is expected to counter terrorist threats and reduce the number of persons leaving the island on forged travel documents.

The information captured will also serve as a source of intelligence for regional and international law enforcement organisations.

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