‘It’s a DISASTER!’ Europeans LAMENT border checks amid terror threat

Saturday, April 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

EUROPEANS have been faced with huge queues at borders as new legislation is introduced in the wake of the increased threat of international terrorism.

Sat, Apr 8, 2017

National authorities have started imposing harsh security checks on everyone entering and leaving the European Union’s free-travel Schengen Zone.

The move is part of a wide security crackdown in an attempt to prevent a repeat of deadly terror attacks across the Continent.

Anyone who flies in or crosses a land of sea border will have their identity cross-referenced across numerous databases in a bid to stop future attacks.

Travellers will be checked against Schengen Information systems and Interpol’s database of lost travel documents as part of the improved security measures.

The EU’s counter terror coordinator Gilles de Kerchove said: “We still have a stock of 2,500 Europeans who are on the ground in Syria and Iraq and we don’t know how many, at what rhythm, and on which routes they will return here.”

Julian King, the EU commissioner for security, told MEPs in March a fingerprint system is needed to catch people who use fake IDs when crossing European borders.

Plans are underway to include an automated fingerprint identification service that will allow border guards to search databases and prevent the use of false IDs.

However, the new checks have caused a huge backlog at borders leaving travellers fuming as they face queues as they travel across Europe.

Speaking to Euronews, one traveller lamented the new restrictions, labelling them a “disaster”.

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