COPENHAGEN: The different municipalities of Denmark issued flawed passports without fingerprints, stated by the Customs authority. Earlier the Customs authorities discovered the mistake and informed the affect municipalities. Passports issued from 44 municipalities after the date of February 2nd are missing biometric fingerprints due to an error made by private company Scantech. A total of 10,947 of the flawed passports were issued nationwide.
Those affected by the mistake will be contacted by their municipality but anyone planning to travel in the near future was urged to immediately contact the municipality’s citizen services department “The mistake is deeply regrettable as it is a requirement that citizens’ passports include a chip with fingerprints. If the affected citizens are due to travel abroad in the near future, they can contact the municipality’s citizen services centre for more information on what to do,” KL said in a statement.
Scantech blamed the error on a software update and the company said it would cover the costs of a new passport. A company spokesman said that despite the passports not including the necessary fingerprints, some Danes may have already successfully travelled with them.