Has anyone else seen this?
Millions of British airline passengers face mandatory fingerprinting before being allowed to board flights when Heathrow’s Terminal 5 opens later this month.
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.
To ensure the passenger boarding the aircraft is the same person, the fingerprinting process will be repeated just before they board the aircraft and the photograph will be compared with their face.
BAA, the company which owns Heathrow, insists the biometric information will be destroyed after 24 hours and will not be passed on to the police.
The reason given is that the lounge is shared between local and international passengers. I for one will refuse to fly BA through Heathrow.
But there\’s something else which I hope one of our resident security peeps will be able to tell me. How accurate are fingerprints? How many false positives and false negatives are we going to have out of 4 million domestic passengers: and presumably tens of millions of international ones?