Checkpoint of the Future unveiled

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The days of worrying about having odd socks at airport security checkpoints may be behind us with news that a new “checkpoint of the future” may no longer mean removing shoes to pass through security.

The International Air Transport Association has unveiled a mock-up of the new checkpoint, which would make passing through security far easier, quicker and less intrusive.

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Airport security … a step forward

The days of worrying about having odd socks at airport security checkpoints may be behind us with news that a new “checkpoint of the future” may no longer mean removing shoes to pass through security.

The International Air Transport Association has unveiled a mock-up of the new checkpoint, which would make passing through security far easier, quicker and less intrusive.

Travellers would walk through a new high-tech 6-metre long tunnel which would scan carry-on luggage and shoes, as well as checking for any liquids.

Director General at the IATA, Giovanni Bisignani, told Forbes.com: “Passengers should be able to get from kerb to boarding gate with dignity. That means without stopping, stripping or unpacking, and certainly not groping.”

John Pistole, U.S. Transportation Security Administration chief told the publication that the new system was “long overdue”.

“We’re not at the checkpoint of the future yet but we’re working toward that. I think eventually we will see something similar,” he said.

The IATA has said that it hopes to roll out the new checkpoint within the next five years.

Checkpoint of the Future unveiled was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Oonagh Shiel
Author: Oonagh Shiel (3252 posts)

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