Airports: Security

Home Department written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Brian H Donohoe Brian H Donohoe Labour, Central Ayrshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what plans the Government has to introduce mandatory biometric fingerprint checks for passengers on domestic flights; and when she plans to introduce the measures;

(2) which legislative provisions permit the biometric fingerprinting of passengers by airport operators on domestic flights; and what conditions apply;

(3) which airports will be required to implement biometric fingerprint checks for passengers on domestic flights; and when these measures are to be introduced at each.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), Home Office, Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), HM Treasury

holding answer 2 July 2008

The Government are considering using powers in paragraph 26(3) of schedule 2 of the Immigration Act 1971 to require operators of certain airports to verify the identity of travellers through biometrics such as fingerprints before boarding, where there is a mixing of domestic and international passengers in a common departure lounge and where this would be a proportionate measure to manage border security.

The Government continue to work closely with airport operators on the measures required to maintain the security of the UK border and of air travel.

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