(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.
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.