Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Automated gates - a waste of money?
The Singapore Immigration invested a lot of money to install the automated gates to check the passports and fingerprints of travellers. For a few months now, it has also employed a security person to check the passport of the traveller passing through these gates.
This is probably a reaction after an incident last year where someone left Singapore on another person's passport. Is it necessary to take this additional measure, i.e. have a person to check the photograph, when the risk is quite small? The automated gate already employed a finger printing checking system.
Does this suggest that the money spend on the infrastructure and the technology of the passport check and automated gages is largely wasted?