German Airport Group Seeks Traveler Security Profiling, Rheinische Reports

German Airport Group Seeks Traveler Security Profiling, Rheinische Reports

By Rainer Buergin – Dec 28, 2010
Passengers at German airports should be divided into risk groups for purposes of security checks, the future president of the ADV association of German airports told the Rheinische Post newspaper.

So-called profiling, in effect at airports in Israel and announced for the U.K., would allow security services to adapt the intensity of searches to the security risk, Christoph Blume, president of the ADV from Jan. 1, told the newspaper.

At airports in Israel, characteristics including ethnical origin, religion, age and personal circumstances of passengers, as well as the itinerary, mode of payment and location of the ticket purchase determine the security risk posed by travelers, the newspaper said, without saying where it got the information.

So-called body scanners, being tested at Hamburg airport, are a “promising technology,” Blume also said, adding that German authorities will decide on their country-wide deployment early next year.

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