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Bring your luggage and be ready to leave your fingerprint. That could be the future of air travel for foreigners visiting Hawaii.
It’s part of an immigration bill aimed at increasing security.
U.S. Senators passed an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would require foreigners to be fingerprinted when they leave the country.
“It does not bother me, not in the least,” traveler Rodwell Foo said.
“No problem,” said a visitor from Japan.
If this bill passes, it would go into effect at the nation’s 10 busiest airports within two years. Within six years, 30 airports — including Honolulu — would be affected.
“As a New Yorker, I don’t have a problem for safety reasons you know, just to be safe,” traveler Lisa Foo said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee wants a final vote on the bill by Wednesday night. Lawmakers hope the amendment will catch immigrants who overstay their visas and help strengthen security across the country.
“People who are possible terrorists, it’s very important to have someway to positively identify them and not some piece of paper that can get lost,” traveler Sophie Gibson said.
It’s not yet known how much fingerprinting at Honolulu International Airport would cost or what the staffing and process would be like.
Travelers say they’re willing to endure longer lines if necessary.
“I think safety comes first, not just for me, but for everyone else that’s traveling. I fully agree with that,” Rodwell Foo said.
Even some American citizens who wouldn’t need to be fingerprinted would understand if one day they are treated the same.
“I personally am ready to have a chip implanted under my skin, scan my eyeball. I don’t care what,” Gibson said.