Whenever I hear of big brothers all over the world working together to control borders I am torn between applauding their actions or denouncing their plans as more intrusion into our lives. Now Panama will be checking everyone well before they arrive to be sure they don't have someone after them. If you have nothing to hide, why should you care if they screen you before you enter the country? Maybe they will be able to stop all of the scammers and deadbeats from coming here to take advantage of the lax rule of laws and lack of investigative abilities.
On the other hand, as governments implement these kinds of controls I believe we are losing more of our freedoms. Those intent on doing bad things always find a way around the controls and we all just end up paying for their misdeeds in the way of more over-site and intrusions into our lives. If they can deny you entry because of a judicial problem it is just a short step to checking if you have made your mortgage or car payments. Did you file your taxes on time or did you make that child support payment. If not, forget about your vacation. It seems 1984 is closer than we think.
For 2010, the National Customs Authority is planning to run an agreement with the airlines to know who the passengers before the plane touches down in Tocumen airport. Through the World Customs Organization will be checked the lists of persons being sought as criminals, and detect if someone of this nature is on the aircraft, they be immediately returned to their country of origin.
This system is intended to secure the borders, so that more people do not enter as "undesirables" to the country, say's the Customs Authority. For example, within 72 hours notice they will inform the shipping port terminals who are coming to the cruise ports or airports and they will review if passengers have any pending case.