The Checkpoint Of The Future?
By A. Pawlowski
Billing it as a way to end the one-size-fits-all approach to airport security, the International Air Transport Association on Tuesday unveiled a mock-up of what it called the “Checkpoint of the Future.”
Instead of a single screening procedure applied to all fliers, the group envisions that passengers would be divided into risk categories based on the information available about them.
They would then be directed to one of three lanes: “Known Traveler,” “Normal” and “Enhanced Security.”
The first — and quickest — lane would only be available to fliers who have registered and undergone background checks with their governments.
Normal screening in the second lane would apply to the majority of travelers. New technology would allow them to walk through without having to take off their clothes or shoes, or unpack their bags.
Passengers for whom less information is available, who are randomly selected or who are deemed to be an “elevated risk,” would receive more screening in the third lane.