Biometric screening for Singaporeans travelling by bus or on foot at Woodlands Checkpoint
Singaporeans travelling by bus or on foot must have thumbprints scanned
All Singaporeans passing through Woodlands Checkpoint by bus or on foot are now required to scan their thumbprints in a move to enhance security.
Until recently, only those opting for automated clearance were required to scan thumbprints using biometric technology.
But machines were recently added to staffed immigration lanes, so that Singaporeans must now give a thumbprint.
Vehicle lanes are not affected.
Security experts noted that an increasing number of countries are turning to biometric technology that identifies a person by a unique human trait - say his fingerprints, the irises of his eyes, or even his voice - to step up security levels at checkpoints and other key installations.