Future Checkpoint Revealed

THE INTERNATIONAL Air Transport Association (IATA) has unveiled the first draft of the Checkpoint of the Future strategy document to delegates at its 67th Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Singapore.
The Checkpoint incorporates three main concepts to improve the current system.  It aims to strengthen security by focusing resources where risk is greatest, integrate passenger information into the checkpoint process and maximise throughput for travellers deemed ‘low-risk’.
IATA’s Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani comments:  “We spend $7.4 billion a year to keep aviation secure but our passengers only see hassle.  Passengers should be able to get from curb to boarding gate with dignity.  That means without stopping, stripping or unpacking.  That is the mission for the Checkpoint of the Future.”
Mr Bisignani continues:  “It is time to rethink everything.  We need a process that responds to today’s threat.  That means moving from a system that looks for bad objects to one that can find bad people.
The new system “ends the one-size-fits-all concept for security”.  The new checkpoint will consist of three lanes: known traveller, normal and enhanced security.  Passengers will be directed to one of these lanes based on a biometric identifier in their travel documents which triggers the results of a risk assessment conducted by government before the individual arrives at the airport.
Known travellers who have registered and complete background checks would have expedited access.  Most travellers would receive normal screening.  Enhanced security would be for passengers who have less available information, are randomly selected, or are deemed to represent an “elevated risk”.
Through the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), 19 governments are working to define standards for a Checkpoint of the Future.  IATA is also coordinating with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Checkpoint of Tomorrow programme.
We could see major changes in two or three years,” Bisignani claims.