Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the Beginning of 10 Fingerprint Collection at U.S. Airports [December 10, 2007]   [open pdf - 31KB]

From the remarks of Michael Chertoff: "What we're here talking about today is our new upgrade of biometrics, going from two prints to 10 prints. And we've had an opportunity now to actually watch how the system works. It's efficient; it doesn't take any more time than the old system and it has some real value in terms of increased security, as I will explain. But before I get into that, let me just make an observation. We've just come out of the Thanksgiving travel period and I'd like to note that, despite the extraordinary heavy travel volume of Thanksgiving week, Dulles officials and, particularly, our TSA personnel did a great job keeping wait times as short as possible while continuing to keep our flights secure. Checkpoint waiting times were an average of 14 to 16 minutes that weekend. On the busiest travel day, Sunday, November 25th, we screened nearly 32,000 people and over 28,000 checked bags without any major disruptions."

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