Logan Airport installs 10-finger scanner

Sunday, January 27, 2008

BOSTON—Logan Airport last week became the third airport in the nation to use 10-finger hand scanners for international travelers.
The hand scanners are used for non-U.S. residents traveling internationally. The Department of Homeland Security hopes the enhanced security system will help authorities monitor terrorist and criminal watch lists more closely. The scanner matches people’s fingerprints against millions of profiles in FBI and defense department databases.
Boston joined Dulles Airport near Washington, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport as facilities that currently use the solution.
Seven other airports are scheduled to use the new system by the end of February. By the end of the year, the devices are expected to be implemented in all of the nation’s international airports, seaports and border points.