Travel industry group IATA unveils Airport Checkpoint of the Future

The International Air Transport Association recently debuted their concept for a security checkpoint of the future, which will screen passengers based on the assumed risk they present for airline travel. The main goal for this enhanced security design is to reduce waiting times and the hassles of traveling through airports. In other words, no more removing your shoes, jackets, sweaters, jewelry, belts, suspenders, laptops and so on.

Nor would you have to unpack your bags for any reason.

At the moment, 19 governments including the United States are working with IATA and the International Civil Aviation Organization to refine the definitions for the Checkpoint of the Future. Whether you’re a vacationer taking a flight Hawaii, or a business professional on a regular trip to New York, the checkpoint of the future will ease the security screening process by segmenting travelers into three categories:
  • Normal
  • Known
  • Extended

Known travelers will already be registered with a government entity an their identities confirmed as ‘safe’ travelers.

Normal travelers are ‘regular’ airline goers who pose no obvious risks to security. And Enhanced travelers are chosen for their apparent risk, usually to be chosen at random. IATA Director General and CEO stated, “Today’s checkpoint was designed four decades ago to stop hijackers carrying metal weapons. It is time to rethink everything. We need a process that responds to today’s threats. That means moving from a system that looks for bad objects to one that finds bad people.” The checkpoints won’t be implemented for another few years, but the news comes at the right time when the Transportation Security Alliance made headlines when it fired several airline security employees in Hawaii. These new checkpoint innovations will increase the safety and security for all travelers, vacationers and businesspeople.

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