posted on Nov, 29 2008 @ 06:32 PM
Controversial plans to make thousands of airport workers the first British nationals to be issued with biometric identity cards have been scaled back
because of continuing opposition from the airline industry.
Ministers will announce tomorrow that the planned roll-out in the sector will begin next October, later than originally anticipated, and will be
limited initially to an 18-month trial in two airports.
Manchester and London City airports have signed up in principle to the scheme after the government agreed to fund the trial, introducing the first
wave of ID cards free of charge to the users and providing a further £500,000 towards improvements in pre-employment checks at the two airports.
Unions have voiced concerns about their members facing a £30 charge for an identity card before they can apply for an airside pass, while the
industry generally remains concerned that the ID scheme will increase costs without bringing significant security benefits.
New Labour are so fascist, there now even willing to buy you a biometric Id card. Anything to win you over to this intrusive and costly scheme.