Print This Finger

I remember hearing about the US’s new Fingerprint & Photo rule for visitors with visas while I was in Australia earlier this year (not sure how much press it got here, it was *HUGE* overseas). And I remember hearing that Brazil had decided to reciprocate by requiring that any US citizen travelling to Brazil would have to do the same. But somehow I managged to miss seeing this story untill now….

An American Airlines pilot was detained/fined ~$13,000 for making an “internationally recognized obscene gesture while he was being photographed for identification.” Now admittedly, I wasn’t there … I don’t know what he said when the picture was taken, or what his overall demeaner was … but I don’t understand how they can possible justify arresting the guy based purely on the picture. I know lots of people who might hold up a piece of paper like that.

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