Tonight, I saw a news article about photo recognition in airports, comparing faces that pass through the scanner with a database of 'known' terrorists. This caused me to wonder about the little black strip found on the back of most, if not all, driver licenses. This was odd, since most of my profound thoughts always seem to occur in the bathroom. Anyhow, and I'm sure the following will incense the ACLU, I think more stingent security should be focused on that little black strip. Currently, I think very little information is contained there, and I know cameras can be tricked. So...how about this:
State transportation agencies, state police, INS, and FBI collaborate to include vital statistics on that security strip, as well as driving and criminal record. The licensee's fingerprint is electronically embossed on the card as well. When purchasing/presenting travel tickets, one must press their finger (the one also on the license) to an electronic reader, as well as presenting their photo ID/passport. This verifies the identity of the ticket holder against their photo and print. Any criminal information, like an outstanding warrant, would not be picked up by the counter agent, but would be forwarded immediately to airport security for interdiction. The photo scanners at the security posts (metal detectors) would not compare actual photos, since external facial features can be altered, but X-rays of the facial bone structure (very similar to dental X-rays), also integrated into the black strip. Passengers would press their aforementioned finger to a small reader when passing through the security checkpoint. The fingerprint and facial are compared to all existing data, verifying identity in the time it takes to walk through the scanner.
I realize this is a bit far-fetched, not to mention prohibitively expensive and highly unlikely. It would, however, cut down on license fraud, stolen credit card usage, stolen identities, people skipping bail/bond, outstanding warrants, and terroristic access (domestic or foreign).
Would you condone the usage of the security strip in this way? Why or why not?