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VIDEO: Fingerprint and facial recognition now scanning passengers at Don Mueang Airport

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VIDEO: Fingerprint and facial recognition now scanning passengers at Don Mueang Airport

 

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A biometric scanning system is now in operation at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok

 

The system scans the fingerprints of all travellers coming in or going out of the country. 

 

The system, which also includes facial recognition, is in the process of being rolled out at all immigration checkpoints nationwide as Thailand looks to boost its border security. 

 

Biometric scanning was first introduced at Phuket Airport earlier this month and has now been fully integrated into passport control at Don Mueang, as well as other major immigration checkpoints in Thailand.

 

 

Eventually, a total of 2,000 biometric devices will be installed at 170 points in Thailand by the end of July.

 

The system will help combat people entering Thailand using counterfeit passports, as well as potentially stopping those who have already been blacklisted from re-entering using new passports. 

 

Last Friday, the biometric system at Suvarnabhumi International Airport led to the first arrest of a foreigner trying to leave Thailand on a forged passport. 

 

The man was trying to board a flight to the Philippines using a Malaysian passport in the name Oh Chee Boon.

 

However, the airport’s biometric system recognised that the man’s face did not match the data stored on the passport’s chip.

 

Despite initially claiming he was Oh Chee Boon, the man’s passport was later found to be a forgery. 

 

He was also found to be in possession of $500,000.

 

Police suspect the man, who remains in custody, is involved in transnational crime. 

 

Police also said the immigration records from before the biometric system was introduced showed the man had a history of re-entering Thailand via checkpoints on the Thai-Malaysian border. 

 

 

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They had this at the immigration for transfer to Thai Air domestic at Suvarnabhumi last Thursday.

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Biometric scanning was first introduced at Phuket Airport earlier this month

No it wasn't, it's been up and running at Hat Yai Airport since February!

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Will it be well maintained ?,or just get some more new ones. 

regards worgeordie

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So need an extra hour now to get through immigration ?

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What happens for those who entered haggard, had facial reconstruction (plastic surgery) ??

Grow a beard after entering??

I know mine has refused to let me out of Australia once for some reason, soon sorted by human intervention, but just wondering for those whose appearance has changed

I personally think it is a damn good idea

 

 

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Fast reentry to Australia now though for nationals

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Just now, malibukid said:

we have them at LAX now.  saves a lot of time

Fast entry at LAX would be most welcome

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50 minutes Sunday afternoon to get through immigration at Swampy. They were only allowing people down the escalator from the security check in batches for a while as the immigration area was full.

 

My only comparison of this sort of system is with India, where they only check 1 finger of one hand instead of all 10 here, which is obviously faster.

 

Hope it improves as the immigration staff become more familiar. I have PR and the immigration officer needed to call the 'expert' to help him, and it took another 5 minutes on top of the 50 before I actually got through.

 

 

 

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