'Urban myth' on air travel to US
Published 28/07/2008 | 07:43
I was quite surprised when I read Gemma O'Doherty's recent article 'Star And Gripes: the latest Hurdle To Entering The US' (Irish Independent, Weekend, July 19) in which she discussed the new ESTA on-line registration system and suggested the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was proposing the use of "security bracelets" for air passengers to the US. After contacting DHS, I found out that there is more of a story behind the story.
The United States welcomes visitors. We want tourists to come see our beautiful country. We want business people to come and pursue their business interests.
ESTA, the new electronic system for travel authorisation, is simply filling out a form on-line that would have been filled out on the airplane. I have seen the form and it is the same as the form that is currently being filled out by passengers as they sit on the airplane.