• Air Passengers To Be Tagged?

    From Fishing Rod@3:800/432 to All on Tue Feb 20 03:23:20 2007
    Air Passengers To Be Tagged?
    Added: Feb 18th, 2007 10:14 AM

    Air passengers to be tagged?

    Questions have been raised at the European Union about a Brussels-
    funded project, in which Greece is participating, that could lead to
    air passengers being electronically tagged when they check in for
    flights, Kathimerini has learned.

    The project, known as Optag, is based at a research center at
    University College London but the telecommunication systems institute
    of the Technical University of Crete in Hania is also taking part in
    the scheme.

    Hungarian and French firms are also participating in the program,
    which began in 2005.

    The main aim of Optag is to allow airports to be fitted with a network
    of cameras and RFID (radio frequency ID) tag readers, which would
    monitor the movements of passengers inside the airport.

    Travelers would be issued with a tag at check-in and the surveillance
    system would allow airport authorities to track them within the
    terminal buildings.

    The system is being designed so that airlines can quickly locate late passengers, who are estimated to be responsible for 10 percent of
    flight delays.

    However, electronic tagging can also be used for security purposes and
    there are fears that this may lead to the constant monitoring of
    passengers and an invasion of their privacy.

    New Democracy MEP Nikos Vakalis recently raised the issue with the
    European Commission.

    In a written response EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini said the
    tagging system will only be used if passengers agree to be monitored
    or if a law is passed making the use of the system mandatory.

    The tags do not store any data but emit a signal containing a unique
    ID which authorities can use to cross-reference with passenger
    identification information.

    Experts say that biometric data could be incorporated into this system
    in the future.

    If the tagging scheme is tested successfully, it could be ready to use
    at international airports within two years.



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