And…Brazil fines American Airlines pilot
An American Airlines pilot was fined nearly $13,000 on Wednesday on accusations he made an obscene gesture when being photographed at the airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of entry requirements for U.S. citizens, officials said.
Brazil imposed the new rules that Americans be fingerprinted and photographed at entry points in response the similar rules in the United States for citizens of Brazil and other countries whose citizens need visas to enter.
The pilot, Dale Robin Hersh, lifted his middle finger while undergoing the new security process at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport, said federal prosecutor Matheus Baraldi Magnani.
Police accused the pilot of showing contempt to authorities, a crime in Brazil, and escorted him to a nearby federal courthouse for possible formal charges. However, Hersh agreed to pay a fine before he leaves Brazil in exchange for no charges being filed, the prosecutor said.
And…The episode was the latest flap in a growing diplomatic spat between Brazil and the United States.
Earlier this month, Brazil decided that Americans would be fingerprinted and photographed at entry points in response to similar rules in the United States for citizens of Brazil and other countries whose citizens need visas to enter.
The Brazilian requirement was imposed on January 1 at the order of a federal judge and earlier this week, the government, citing the concept of "reciprocity", made it official.
US citizens had their fingers inked and were photographed holding up a number, a process that at times lasted up to nine hours.
We invade Sunday morning while the country is attending services…The Brazilian requirement was first imposed at the order of a federal judge, but on Monday it became the government's official policy, citing the diplomatic concept of "reciprocity."
On Monday, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva asked President Bush to drop the visa requirement for Brazilians entering the United States, while Brazil's Foreign Ministry said the requirement could lead to a souring between the two nations.