Hands up if you like the idea of passing through a security checkpoint without having to take off your shoes, empty your pockets, pry out your laptop or remove your jacket. This story is for you.
I was kinda hoping that the future might take us to a place where there is no need for airport security but just in case that’s not where we’re headed, the International Air Transport Association is proposing this alternative; a three-passage screening tunnel that sends fully clothed, carry-on-toting travelers through a high-tech passageway where advanced X-ray, metal, liquid and explosive detectors and a shoe scanner do their work while travelers stroll right on through.
No more queuing up, stripping down and unpacking ones’ items into bins. Passengers are pre-screened based on information already collected by the airline and then sent through one of the three tunnels, each providing an increasing level of screening.
Known travelers pass through a X-ray and metal and liquid detector, while passengers selected for a more thorough screening get a more enhanced X-ray and a full body scan.
Airlines in many countries are not responsible for airport security but they have every reason to try and figure out a better way now that passenger surveys suggest that security is so unpleasant that some people are choosing not to fly.
Will governments like the idea of trying an entirely new security concept? Will manufacturers take a chance without a government commitment?
Its too early to say. But the association representing the majority of the world’s airlines has invested significant time and money to create this demonstration which they hope to show to John Pistole, adminstrator of the US Transportation Security Administration at the IATA general meeting here in Singapore later this week.
They’re betting the passenger of the future would rather have this