Airport and aircraft operators that are required to have security programs under Parts 107 and 108, respectively, must now include fingerprint-based criminal history records checks for prospective and current employees who have or will have access authority to aircraft boarding, movement and service areas. The FAA says fingerprinting is being required because previous employment investigations are not adequate.
Some FlightSafety International students will start evaluating a prototype biometric student identification card at the company’s facility in Vero Beach, Fla., where much foreign-airline ab initio training is conducted. The card, developed by the National Air Transportation Association, contains a photograph and fingerprint of the student.
Before September 11, biometrics was just one of the hundreds of new high-tech buzzwords flooding into the English language, and one that was meaningless to most people in the aviation industry. But experts say that over the next 12 months, few of us will not have experienced, and benefited from, its effects.