The Importance of Fingerprints to America’s Security
Currently, fingerprints of non-US citizens are taken at the traveler’s destination airport, here in the US. Does anyone believe our computer systems are able to analyze the prints against all available databases fast enough to ensure a positive identification? More importantly, obtaining fingerprints upon arrival does us no good if the aim is to bring down the airplane over the Atlantic.
Despite the naysayers, it wouldn’t be that hard to add fingerprints to the security system in the departure airport. The aforementioned Senate proposal would require VWP countries to collect fingerprints from anyone travelling through their airports to the US. This would allow comparisons between the fingerprints associated with the passport, for countries that collect fingerprints when issuing their citizens passports, and those scanned during the check-in process.