[ILUG-SOCIAL] Re: [ILUG] Just got back from a weekend in London (OT,
but simultaneously intriguing and worrying)
kenn at linux.ie
Mon Apr 7 09:37:23 IST 2003
[Moved to social - it's got ZERO to do with Linux]
On Mon, Apr 07, 2003 at 08:09:33AM +0100, John Allen wrote:
> On Monday 07 April 2003 02:52, DrKJam wrote:
> > Thought this might interest any of you interested in privacy/security
> > issues.
> > Maybe some of you who frequently travel to London might be able to shed
> > a little light on the following which I found rather disturbing a couple
> > of hours ago...
> > I was at Gatwick this evening coming back to Dublin. I'm going through
> > Customs into the duty free section when the official checking my
> > boarding pass tells me to look up at the camera. Hmmmmmm... I think -
> > odd! And then as you are nearing the gate, another security guy asks for
> > your boarding pass which has a nice little barcode on the back which he
> > scans. As you walk past you notice that the picture of you taken earlier
> > is up on screen.
> Well DrKJAM, its been going on for fucking ages. Its to make sure that the
> asshole boarding the plane is the asshole who had the ticket earlier on in
> the sequence of events.
And it's only on flights from Gatwick to Ireland, in my experience.
Passengers to other destinations at Gatwick take a different route.
(I tried to go through one of the other queues, since it was shorter,
but the security guy sent me back over to the Ireland one.)
And other UK airports don't do this.
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