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Fingertip Reader at Disney World Turnstiles


Published March 15, 2008 at 8:12 a.m.

File this under the "We Really Are Turning Into a Police State" Department. From Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing:

Today in my ongoing series of photos from my travels, this shot of the fingerprint reader at Walt Disney World's turnstiles. These machines (which, I'm told, capture the shape of your fingertip instead of your fingerprint itself) are used to keep Disney World customers from sharing or re-selling their admission tickets, and are part of a general and growing police-state climate at the parks that includes routine bag-searches at each park entrance.

The readers aren't very effective at stopping admission cheats... What these readers are effective at is conditioning kids to accept surveillance and routine searches and identity checks without particularized suspicion. One morning at Epcot Center, as we offered our ID to the castmember at the turnstile and began to argue (again -- they're very poorly trained on this point) that we could indeed opt to show ID instead of being printed, a small boy behind us chirped up, "No you have to be fingerprinted! Everybody has to be fingerprinted!"

Read the rest here.