IATA moving toward airport security changes
Sri Lankan News.Net
Sunday 14th November, 2010
The International Air Transport Association is planning to front a new generation effort to build airport checkpoints of the future.
The association has a vision for tightening security and easing passenger stress by working on new processes to get people through checkpoints more quickly.
Speaking at the opening of a meeting in Frankfurt during the week, Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and CEO, said regulators and the industry should collaborate to modernize the 40-year-old airport screening process.
He said airport security personnel would have to shift the emphasis from “belts, shoes and shampoos” to actually finding terrorists with intelligence and technology.
He said the enormous amount of data that had been collected on passengers over the years should help governments to identify risks.
He said it would no longer be acceptable to treat innocent passengers as though they may be terrorists, when there were available technologies to assess cargo security and supply chains.
Mr Bisignani said: “My long-term vision is for passengers to be able to get from the entrance of the airport to the door of the aircraft in a seamless and uninterrupted process. We are much more secure than in 2001, but there is room for improvement.”
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