Growing up, I’ve had a constant, albeit irrational, fear of not being able to clear the immigration checkpoint.
“Why sweetie?” my mum would ask upon my confession. “What’s up with the immigration checkpoint?”
“I’m afraid that my fingerprint wouldn’t register,” I mumbled. “Cos I keep playing with dirt and all.”
“Well then maybe you should stop playing with dirt, you dirty, overgrown manchild,” my mum said with a smile.
I stared at her.
“I’m just kidding, sweetie; don’t worry about it… as long as your passport’s intact and your fingerprint’s not faded, you’re fine and good to go.”
While she clearly intended to pacify me, the notion only served to alarm me further. Faded fingerprints? How the f do you get them? And what if I screw up and get my fingerprints f*cked up?”
Suffice it to say; my fear of immigration checkpoints heightened after that little conversation.
Thanks for nothing, Mum.
Contactless immigration clearance system
Thankfully, however, it seems that my fears might finally be laid to rest, as a new contactless immigration clearance system is seemingly all set to take over.
According to The Straits Times, a trial is currently underway at Tuas Checkpoint to utilise iris and facial images of Singaporean travellers for immigration clearance at automated lanes.
And if successful, passport and fingerprint scanning could soon be a thing of the past.