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Honduras Approves Secretive Airport Security Contract

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The Honduran Ministry of Home Office and Population has signed a secretive contract with Securiport of the United States to install advance biometric registration technology for travelers entering and exiting at the nation’s four airports. Visitors will be subjected to ultrasound fingerprinting. Information collected will be then passed through a data base to determine if the person is suspicious. Securiport will slap a $34 fee on each passenger’s ticket labeled as a “security fee”.

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Original Article Text From America Economia via Google Translate :

Airports in Honduras earn U.S. $ 270 Million Security Tax Collection
Tegucigalpa. The charge of $ 17 will apply to passengers entering and leaving (total U.S. $ 34) by the international airports of the country is a lucrative business for almost U.S. $ 270 million (more than 5 billion lempiras).

This, considering that each year nearly 800,000 passengers leaving or entering the country by the four international airports.

This will represent a revenue of U.S. $ 27 million, which multiplied by the 10-year contract will leave an estimated $ 270 million.

The figure may be higher each year under the flow of passengers through airports increases.

The contract. The Home Office and Population signed a contract with Securiport to install a biometric registration advanced travelers, who charged $ 17 per entry and $ 17 per outlet in the nation, they do so by the four air terminals.
Suspiciously, the government kept secret the approval of this contract, which was not known until the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (Cohep) denounced it.

The collection is named in the contract as “security fee”.

The airlines that make flights in and out of the country should pay the cost of security service for each passenger using their planes and it will have to deposit it in a special account for.

This collection also implies a rise in operating expenses for airlines, they would have to expand its administrative structure to manage the transfer of these funds to Securiport.

The fee for the services of “security” will be incorporated in tickets, so that travelers will not need to make payments in additional windows.

Therefore, this implies that the ticket could increase by more than $ 34 as the airline could include the costs incurred administrative management of this new rate.

“There are additional charges, the company (air) is not going to see, the document (contract) clearly states that they will be charging passengers entering and leaving the country,” said Association President Lines Air Honduras, Armando Funes.

The blow to the travelers began to take shape on March 24, 2011, when the executive branch created under 29-2011, through which authorized the Secretary of the Interior and Population for hiring a company that will monitor the entry and people of Honduras output by 22 border points.

Then, on May 9, 2011, the Minister of Interior, Africa Madrid, signed a contract directly with the company Securiport, United States, so that customs systems installed in these special registration of citizens.

The National Congress approved this contract the morning of December 14, 2011, which shall enter into force once it is published in the Official Gazette and the charge will be applied 120 days after this publication.

One team that will launch Securiport is Ultrascan system, which consists of the registration by ultrasound fingerprint travelers.

This reading is different from the record in light of the fingerprint that is normally used, since the information is, under the contract, more true because the system does not suffer interference.

The information collected will allow a person to make a junction with international databases to determine if the citizen has a criminal record.

“If the passenger is identified as a suspect, the system issues warnings immediately for the immigration and security personnel,” the contract.

Vigilance. Similarly, Securiport be responsible for equipping customs and video equipment to monitor the migratory movement in these areas.

These actions are part of the Integrated Information System for International Passenger Traffic (IICS) that the company run as part of the contract.

The agreement states that Securiport will invest $ 31.6 million for the installation of these monitoring mechanisms.
One aspect that stands out in the contract is that this investment will be recovered practically in less than two years of operation, according to the amounts expected to raise by way of “security fee”.Prior to the payment of investment Securiport learned and the State of Honduras a guarantee of U.S. $ 17 million.

The Home Office will serve as guarantor of the payments to the U.S. company if the airline can not make transfers of monthly collections.

When airlines delay in payment, the Secretary of the Interior is given a deadline of 48 hours to honor the debt.
If there is a contractual dispute between the parties, it should initiate a process of settlement.

If the dispute is not resolved amicably, the problem will be resolved under the Rules of Conciliation and Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and the place of trial will be Honduras.

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