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Really Important !!! Regarding Fingerprints.

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1. Posted by FUNJONO (Budding Member, 64 posts) 1 Jul '12 11:42

As I do not give fingerprints, I need to Know if I will be in for a shock at these 2 destinations.

I do my best to research airports before I travel to them, but sometimes I'm unlucky, like recently when I was refused entry to S.Korea & Blacklisted from Malaysia within 2 months.

I have a connecting Flight from Dubai in a months Time.I Realise Dubai does take fingerprints at immigration, but this usually isn't the same for flight transfers.Does anyone know if there are fingerprint scanners for flight Transfers at Dubai Airport.

Also Ive heard Biometric scanners have been introduced at Bangkok Airport.Could anyone vereify this.

Thanks.

Jonathon.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3595 posts) 1 Jul '12 11:48

I've transferred in Dubai a number of times and have never had to give fingerprints, so unless this has changed very recently you should be ok.

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1496 posts) 1 Jul '12 12:06

Wow, you're going to have real problems within a few years when this becomes way more common.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

4. Posted by FUNJONO (Budding Member, 64 posts) 1 Jul '12 13:54

Thanks for the comments, Im glad Dubai Seems ok & I have created a plan for Bangkok so all should be good.

In a few years I'll have to focus more on boats rather than planes with all this Airport BS.

Thanks

Jonathon.

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 1 Jul '12 22:01

I read a news article some time ago that the next version of British passport (out in a year or two) will include fingerprints.

6. Posted by celiacelia226 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 1 Jul '12 23:15

The fingerprint is really very important and helpful, as far as I know, the public security detection can take advantage of this, many companies are now using fingerprint records for work attendance.

7. Posted by KCRoyals1985 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 2 Jul '12 10:52

Is there a reason you have issues providing your fingerprint when traveling abroad? It's a little confusing to me- so I'm just trying to understand it. I hadn't heard that Dubai required fingerprints but it's been a few years since I last traveled that way so it might be a new thing.

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4361 posts) 2 Jul '12 12:12

KCRoyals1985: I can't really answer for FUNJONO, but I imagine it's something like: Because fingerprints are a piece of personally identifiable information, which you can't change. As such, they are wide open to abuse, to the most dystopian styles of personal tracking. They are also relatively easy to fake, and you leave them everywhere, meaning that if fingerprints were generally accepted as an identification mechanism, it'd become really easy for someone with a grudge against you to cause you trouble.

Finally, that's the wrong question to ask. The right question is: Why do these airports (or these governments?) believe they specifically need this information, and why is this more important than my personal wish not to be treated as a criminal, to retain privacy and make it harder for governments to track me, to not want to live in a panopticon surveillance society? (Humans have a psychological need for privacy; not everyone experiences this as strongly as everyone else, but feeling observed non-stop has been shown to have drastically detrimental effects on people's psychological well-being.) Handwaving about "security" doesn't cut it as an answer, because fingerprinting doesn't actually help with that in any way. The only thing the fingerprints help with is potentially tracking visitors going forward.

FUNJONO: I hadn't been aware of the fingerprinting at Bangkok airport. What's your plan for not having to be subjected to that? Has it actually been implemented for all visitors? I haven't been able to find any reliable information on this...

9. Posted by talesbackpack (Full Member, 117 posts) 3 Jul '12 13:55

Well said Sander.

10. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1496 posts) 3 Jul '12 13:56

Bullseye, Sander.

Cheers,
Terry