Airlines, Lawmakers Unite In Opposition To Fingerprinting Plan | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.19.18

Airborne-UnManned 02.20.18

Airborne 02.21.18

AMA Drone Report 02.22.18

Airborne 02.23.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 02.19.18

Airborne-UnManned 02.20.18

Airborne 02.21.18

AMA Drone Report 02.22.18

Airborne 02.23.18

Thu, Jul 03, 2008

Airlines, Lawmakers Unite In Opposition To Fingerprinting Plan

Carriers Say They Can't Afford To Pay For Gov't-Mandated Program

Airlines have called upon their friends in Congress to block a White House plan calling for carriers to fingerprint foreign visitors before they travel back home.

That plan, backed by the Bush administration, calls for all international carriers to tackle the financial and logistical burden of computerized fingerprinting for 33 million visitors each year... something the airlines say will cost $12 billion annually through 2018.

USA Today reports airlines aren't opposed to the plan, per se... they just don't want to pay for it, especially as they grapple with high fuel prices. "US airlines obviously cannot bear the staggering additional costs," the Air Transport Association, lobbying group for the major domestic carriers, wrote last week.

A House vote later this month is expected to bar the Department of Homeland Security from requiring carriers to start fingerprinting, until DHS tests a system for doing so with the airlines. That measure was approved last week by the House Appropriations Committee, as part of the larger DHS funding bill for FY2009.

Foreign visitors are already fingerprinted by DHS when they arrive in the US, though that current paper-based system is known to be error-prone, and difficult to manage.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) says it's the responsibility of government, not private carriers, to handle fingerprinting of international visitors. He also wonders whether such a law is legal in the first place -- saying measures to insure US border security "have always been federal responsibilities."

"A lot of us are concerned that they are now trying to pass off responsibility," Thompson said.

US carriers certainly aren't alone in opposing the DHS plan. The governments of Germany and the United Kingdom are also against the measure, as are organizations tasked with promoting US tourism, like the US Chamber of Commerce.

"This global opposition will hopefully provide a wake-up call to the department," said Steve Lott of the International Air Transport Association.

Stewart Baker, policy chief at DHS, says he's "open to being persuaded there is some other more effective and efficient way" to take the fingerprints.

FMI: www.dhs.gov, www.airlines.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 02.21.18: AEA Report, Aerocor Eclipse Program, WWII Airman Recovered

Also: Gulfstream To Expand, Med-Trans Partners, FAA SAIB On AT-6, Passenger Gas Curtails Flight The AEA has released its 2017 year-end Avionics Market Report. Total worldwide busin>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 02.20.18: USMC InstantEye, Raleigh Reconsiders, Battle Drones

Also: Fortem DroneHunter, Solar-Powered Rover, Drone Mkt Worth $48.88B, MQ-25 Partnerships InstantEye Robotics has received a substantial order from PMA-263, the Navy and Marine Co>[...]

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18: AMA Expo East, Skydio R1, TSB Canada Report

Also: DJI Knowledge Quiz, GoFly Competition, Drone ID Rules Coming, FAA Unenthusiastic About Prosecuting? The Academy of Model Aeronautics will host the annual AMA Expo East at the>[...]

AMA Drone Report 02.22.18: AMA Expo!, Raleigh Update, UAV v Helo... or Not?

Also: AMA Active In Counseling Gov'ts, Intel Drone Light Show, Drone Park Planned, ALPA Attacks Unmanned Don’t forget... The annual AMA Expo East starts at the Meadowlands Ex>[...]

AMA Drone Report 02.22.18: AMA Expo!, Raleigh Update, UAV v Helo... or Not?

Also: AMA Active In Counseling Gov'ts, Intel Drone Light Show, Drone Park Planned, ALPA Attacks Unmanned Don’t forget... The annual AMA Expo East starts at the Meadowlands Ex>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC