As you may know, the U.S. has, for some time now, instituted a system for the fingerprinting and photographing of all non-residents who come into the country.
I went through Chicago airport last May and was processed (by the rude and obviously hungover customs official - perhaps that’s best left for another thread) quite quickly and with a minimum of fuss. But it did annoy me. Personally I prefer not to be fingerprinted, and certainly prefer not to have my fingerprints stored on some US database for all of eternity. If I was travelling for pleasure the answer could have been simple - don’t go to the US, but I was there for business at the request of my boss. Not really much I could do about it.
Now, my own country of residence, Japan, is about to institute a similar system at customs and immigration - fingerprints and photographs for all non-Japanese (basically), so I’m curious as to what people feel about such systems - do they discourage tourism? Would you leave a country off your travel list because of fingerprinting and photographing requirements?