The International Air Transport Association (IATA) unveiled the new “Checkpoint of the Future” at its annual meeting in Singapore this week. The new security apparatus is designed to be less intrusive and time-consuming for travelers while creating a more advanced security system for airport screening.
The new system is designed to move beyond the “one size fits all” model of airport security and divide the security checkpoints into three lines: known traveler, normal, and enhanced security. Travelers would be sent to the appropriate line based on travel behavior: “known travelers” are those travelers who submit to a detailed an in-depth background examination prior to travel; “normal” travelers are the majority of travelers who have not undergone background checks; and “enhanced security” are travelers who triggered an alert or are selected for enhanced screening. Travelers would be informed of their line option when they scan their passport or appropriate travel document at a kiosk prior to the security lines. Passports and appropriate documents would have a biometric identifier that would have access to the traveler’s records.
Once in line, travelers would not have to empty their pockets and take off shoes and belts. They would simply walk on a short path with tiny checkpoint scanners designed to alert security of any threats. IATA hopes to have the system designed to sync with customs and immigration procedures to ensure even smoother travel.
IATA is currently working with the Department of Homeland Security and 19 international governments to begin the creation and implementation of this system. You can see their press release here and their Power Point explanation of the system here.