MP wants eye scan technology at Kuwait’s entry points

March 15, 2010

Eye scan technology

Kuwait should introduce a mandatory eye scan at the airport and seaport to check the identity of all foreigners coming into the country, a lawmaker has said.

“We have seen that many people who had been deported or denied entry into Kuwait resort to forged travel documents to come back using,” MP Abdullah Al Rooomi said. “Some of them have criminal records and allowing them here means new security challenges that we must tackle without failure. The eye scan should be a great solution to catch illegal visitors,” he said in a motion submitted to the parliament.

The scan should be carried out at all entry ports, the lawmaker said.

Kuwait is home to around 2.3 million foreigners, mostly from Asian countries. Last year, the government deported around 17,000 foreigners who were staying illegally in the country. Several MPs expressed concerns that many of the deportees would try to come back into Kuwait on forged passports.

Several countries in the region have introduced the eye scan technology to detect criminals, passengers trying to re-enter after deportation and people traveling on fake passports.





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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
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