Just as a thought, why can't we take these photographs and fingerprints when the people apply for visas? It would make much more sense, and people wouldn't have to have their first moments in the US soured by having to be treated like criminals.
Mir, people do have to get printed and photographed when they apply for visas. Then, when they ahow up at an American port, they get printed and photographed again. Finally, and I don't know if this is operational yet, they get printed again at the time of departure.
Why should a digital fingerprint and a lousy picture of my face prevent me from travelling where I like to travel the most? I think that some people here are hypersensitive whenever it comes to US security measures, no matter if these measures have any sense or not.
You could call me hypersensitive 9V
. Who knows, perhaps I am. As I said though, "I associate fingerprinting with being a criminal or being illiterate. I'm neither, so I have no desire to get printed. Consequently, you won't be seeing me in America again - unless it is an absolute emergency. Not that they'd miss me
It is better than having people rejected at borders because they have the misfortune of sharing the name of an Al Qeida suspect.
707, but airlines are already handing over all kinds of information on their passengers before the flight even gets off the ground. Remember the fight the EC and the Americans got into over sharing of passenger data? Besides, where does it end? How long will everyone keep saying on s'habitue?
[Edited 2004-09-28 11:33:56]