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PostPosted: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 07:33:25 +0000 
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http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/Passport ... 6085907.jp

Passport fears would hit Manx tourism, says Steam Packet

18 February 2010
By ADRIAN DARBYSHIRE

STEAM Packet bosses have raised concerns about the possible expansion of the UK's e-Borders programme to cover travellers to and from the Isle of Man.

Critics of the proposals fear Manx residents and visitors to the Island will be forced to carry passports and they are concerned about the civil liberties implications of collecting and storing passengers' personal data.

A standing committee of Tynwald on constitutional matters is due to report back in the spring following its investigation into proposed changes to the Immigration Act 1971 that, it has been claimed, could have resulted in travellers from the Isle of Man losing the right to enter the UK without a passport.

Steam Packet chief executive Mark Woodward provided a written submission to the committee outlining the ferry operator's stance on e-Borders and changes to the passport requirements.

He has warned that if passengers are eventually obliged to carry passports this would hit the Manx tourist industry.

And he claims that collecting data from car passengers or coach parties would be impractical and it would mean a large increase in check-in times.

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