Heathrow Operator Halts Fingerprint Plan

LONDON (AP) -- The operator of Heathrow Airport is delaying plans to fingerprint domestic passengers after an independent watchdog complained.

Operator BAA PLC said the fingerprinting plan was "temporarily delayed" and would not go into effect when Heathrow's new Terminal 5 opens on Thursday, as had been planned.

Officials said domestic passengers using Heathrow's other terminals also would no longer be fingerprinted. Photo identification will be used instead.

Fingerprinting could be introduced after more consultations. Britain's Information Commissioner's Office has complained, however, that the fingerprinting would intrude on passengers' rights.


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