Checkpoint of the Future


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What does the future of air travel look like? According to Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the future of air travel will be easier, faster, and less intrusive.

The ACI and IATA are jointly developing plans for a project called “Smart Security,” renamed from its conception as “Checkpoint of the Future.” The program will include a phased rollout for 2014, 2017, and 2020, all working toward the vision of a better security screening process.

Here is the program’s vision according to ACI and IATA:

An uninterrupted journey from curb to aircraft door, where passengers proceed through the security checkpoint with minimal need to divest, where security resources are allocated based on risk, and where airport amenities can be maximized.

This will be realized by accomplishing three main objectives:

  1. Strengthened security with advanced technology
  2. Increased operational efficiency ultimately leading to reduced costs per passenger
  3. Improved passenger experiences with reduced waiting times and less intrusive processes

Specific measures will include the use of:

  • Biometrics and identity management.
  • Known-traveler programs and pre-check clearances.
  • Behavioral analysis.
  • Cutting-edge X-Ray devices.
  • Optimized checkpoint configurations.

The new Smart Security program was created in response to predicted growth in air travel along with new and evolving security threats that the current check-point model is not equipped to address. The new checkpoint process will not only address these problems, but more importantly, from the traveler’s perspective, will make travel easier, safer, and more enjoyable.

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