• Ferry giant refuses ID card

    A husband and wife from Hull trying to take a ferry to Rotterdam for Christmas shopping were denied boarding after the ferry’s crew refused to accept the U.K.’s new biometric ID card as a means of identification; the couple applied for the card when it was offered on a voluntary basis to the public in Greater Manchester; the card is meant to allow travel across Europe as an alternative to a passport, but the crew, saying they had never seen such a card before, insisted on the couple producing their passports; since the couple had left their passports at home, they could not take their trip

  • More confusion about U.K. biometric ID scheme

    The U.K. government’s controversial ID scheme called for making such an ID mandatory, but making the biometric IDs compulsory ran into problems owing to high costs, lack of public appetite, and concerns about the creation of a database state; the government has just announced that young people of between 16 to 24-year-old in London will be allowed to apply for voluntary ID cards, which will cost them £30

  • Real ID arrives on 1 January : Will you be allowed to board a domestic flight?

    Unless Congress extends the deadline for implementing the Real ID Act, air travelers will have to produce a Real ID-compliant driver’s license as a means of identification – or they will not be allowed on board; trouble is, more than thirty states have not agreed to Real ID, and the driver’s licenses they issue may not be fully compliant with the act’s strictures

  • DHS publicizing passport alternatives

    Visits to the United States by Canadians have dropped since 1 June, when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative began requiring new documentation for cross-border land travel; DHS agrees to advertise alternatives to passports as valid border-crossing documents.

  • Sagem Sécurité launches SmartGate in New Zealand

    Sagem Sécurité installs facial recognition system at Auckland International Airport in New Zealand; Aussie and Kiwi travelers with e-passports will be identified from the photo stored in the chip of the e-Passport

  • New ID cards will come with built-in holograms

    The new Secure ID Technology is much more secure than current technologies because the holograms are built into the volume of the plastic rather than being stamped on the surface

  • U.K. to start issuing non-EU identity cards on 6 January

    Visitors to the United Kingdom who extend their stay in the country beyond six months will be issued non-EU biometric identity cards; the U.K. Border Agency has already issued over 100,000 identity cards mainly to students extending their stay or to spouses

  • Algeria delays launch of biometric passports

    Trial runs of the new documents began in August 2009 in the capital city, and all citizens who hold an Algerian passport will have to switch to the biometric version by 2015

  • Brown 'misled' with ID card claims

    Anti-national ID groups claims U.K. prime minister Groton Brown’s claims at the Labor Party conference that “in the next Parliament there will be no compulsory ID cards for British citizens,” and that “We will reduce the information British citizens have to give for the new biometric passport to no more than that required for today’s passport,” could not be true even if taken literally

  • Clarifying U.S. exit requirements for non-U.S. travelers

    From 28 May to 2 July 2009, DHS conducted a test of biometric exit procedures at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport; the procedures tested during the trial will be deployed in 2010; until then, all international visitors should do is return their paper Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) or Form I-94W to an airline or ship representative

  • Real ID 2.0 introduced in Congress

    Many states saw the provisions of the The Real ID Act of 2005 as onerous — and the price tag of $12 billion as prohibitive; legislators revamp the original act to accommodate the preferences of states

  • Travelers exiting U.S. will have fingerprints scanned

    DHS relaunches a project to scan the fingerprints of international travelers leaving the united States; CBP will take fingerprints exiting the United States from Detroit, while TSA will do the same in Atlanta

  • U.S., Canadian land, sea travelers to face new entry requirements

    The last part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) kicks in Monday; U.S., Canadian land and see travelers entering the United States will have to present a passport or other approved documents; air travelers have already been doing so since 23 January 2007

  • Products block unauthorized RFID reading of contactless cards

    More and more countries and organizations move toward adopting RFID-enabled, biometric e-IDs — driver’s licenses, passports, national IDs, and more; trouble is, these e-documents are susceptible to digital pickpocketing; a U.K. company offers solutions

  • Secure Flight launches today

    Secure Flight is the third version — you may recall CAPPS and CAPPS II — of the U.S. federal government’s decade-old effort to screen commercial airline passengers for risk against terrorist watch lists; it launches today