by Beth Williamson December 16th, 2010
In an attempt to make airport security screening more streamlined, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced plans to introduce a security tunnel system. The idea is to split passengers up so not all would have to go through the same lengthy security checks which are currently in place.
Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general, said he realised that checking everybody’s shoes and laptops was laborious and causing increasingly lengthy delays. The new system would look at a person’s biometric data as well as booking data and make an assessment as to whether that person was a security risk.
The passenger would then be directed down one of three security tunnels, each providing a different level of security checks. Those assessed as low risk would simply carry their hand luggage through the minimum security tunnels, past an electronic sensor which would check for dangerous items, and into the departures area.
Those sent thorough the enhanced security tunnel would obviously be subject to more thorough checks. Mr Bisignani said the passenger’s profile would be constructed from information provided when they purchased their airline ticket. Ken Dunlap, IATA’s director of global security, was keen to emphasis the fact that the profiles created would have nothing to do with a passenger’s ethnicity.
The plans are likely to be welcomed by many who are becoming tired with increased airport security procedures such as pat down searches and full-body scanners. If governments’ agree to the revised system some airports could be set up as soon as 2014, said Dunlap.
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