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ID or Not to ID — Countries Don't Want to Give US the Finger

ID or Not to ID — Countries Don't Want to Give US the Finger

Airlines and 34 countries vehemently oppose a plan to require fingerprints from foreigners leaving the US. Opponents, which include the European Union, worry about the privacy violation, as well as the fact that the plan pushes the burden of border security, usually a function of government, to private companies. The plan would require airlines and cruise liners to collect the fingerprints by August 2009.

The financially incapacitated airline industry claims that the plan will cost it $12.3 billion over 10 years, not the $3.5 billion estimated by the federal government. An alliance of domestic and international carriers claim that since September 11, they have spent $30 billion for often duplicative and bureaucratic security measures. The international opposition may spark a debate between Congress, and the Bush Administration who wants the program swiftly up and running.

Which do you find to be the most compelling argument — that collecting fingerprints poses a privacy risk, or that collecting fingerprints is an expensive bureaucratic burden that should be carried by the government not private companies? Would you travel to a country if you had to leave your fingerprints behind?

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cordata cordata 8 years
I think it's criminal being treated like, well, a criminal when all people want to do is get on a mode of transportation. It's offensive and 1984ish. And yeah, ridiculously expensive. I have so many gripes about air travel right now. Will someone please bankroll me so that I can start my own private air carrier and not have to go through customs?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
But the information will be 30 years out of date, and we'll all look very different by then.
Meike Meike 8 years
Oh sure, the fingerprints, then the eye scans, then your height and weight, then all of your biometric information some 30 years down the road...
em113 em113 8 years
oh and also, if this becomes a law, the real "threats" will find a way to get around it, and it will just be costing normal people time and airlines money.
em113 em113 8 years
because the airline industry isn't financially un-stable enough right now....
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Does anyone else feel a noose synching? I believe in a hundred years the U.S. will either come close to being a police state or a happy member of a globolized community.
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
i think we all know whose finerprints they are looking for
stephley stephley 8 years
I have nothing to hide, but I don't believe in treating everyone like a potential criminal. The government has my fingerprints for a couple of other reasons - if they need them, they can find them.
lovelie lovelie 8 years
I think fingerprinting individuals when they leave the country is a way to keep track of them internationally, which in theory, may have some benefits.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I think we fingerprint people when they apply for visas....at least my MIL had to provide fingerprints for her visa. Not sure if it is every country or just certain ones.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Is it just me, or does fingerprinting someone as the leave the country just sound backwards? Shouldn't we fingerprint as they come in?
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Leaving my fingerprints behind doesn't bother me, but how much MORE time will it take to fingerprint everyone?? And the money issue - how much more will it cost to fly with this new rule in place?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
i have nothing to hide, and leave my fingerprints behind anyway so fingerprint away, Now the money issue is different, are we going to have to bail out more airlines due to this?
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