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Passenger screening - Articles and news items

Blockchain technology: passport to the future?

Airport news  •  27 May 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

SITA is exploring the possibility of developing blockchain technology to provide travellers with single secure mobile or wearable travel identification through airports and across borders.

Midway International Airport opens TSA PreCheck enrolment centre

Airport news  •  24 May 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

Chicago’s Midway International Airport has announced the opening of its TSA PreCheck enrolment centre, designed to streamline the passenger pre-screen registration process.

Airport security: call for greater automation and speedy passenger screening

Airport news  •  3 September 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

Research reveals airports would like to see greater automation and quicker screening processes in airport security to enhance traveller experience.

Kempegowda International Airport introduces first automated e-Gate System in India

Airport news  •  16 July 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

India’s Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB) has introduced the country’s first automated e-Gate System providing seamless passenger screening.

Passenger Flow & Experience supplement 2014

Issue 5 2014, Supplements  •  14 October 2014  •  Nancy Knipp, Dr Nicholas Whitehead, Pieter Delman, Ralph Markert, Borry Vrieling

In this Passenger Flow & Experience Supplement we examine the use of biometrics in today’s airports, and INTERPOL provides a fascinating article about the organisation’s I-Checkit screening solution...

To be the best means being safe

Issue 3 2012  •  6 June 2012  •  Arun Rao, former Chief of Aerodromes, Air Routes and Ground Aids, ICAO

The growth of air traffic movements to meet the demands of the travelling public has led to the expansion and modernisation of airports to handle a greater number of aircrafts of different sizes and capacities. Airports have been competing amongst themselves to be the best, to succeed in attracting and retaining the traffic. The ‘World’s best airport’ and ‘the best airport in its class’ etc. are making headlines indicating that success and recognition continues to be strived for. But, success has its own demands. The claim to be the ‘best’ means shouldering tremendous amounts of responsibility, being accountable for the actions (or inaction) concerning safety and security of operations.The aviation safety regulator, airport and airline operators and other services providers are all equally responsible to assure safety of the travelling public. The expectations are high as safety and efficiency has so far been maintained through a very professional approach. Daily airport operations bring up many challenges needing a proactive approach to safety management and assurance.The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has observed that aviation accident rates have decreased significantly but the rate per million departures has now tapered off to a near constant 0.57, which is worrying as the number of operations is increasing globally.

Passenger screening checkpoints: Fortess security or business asset?

Issue 3 2012  •  1 June 2012  •  Norman Shanks, Professor in Aviation Security, Coventry University

One of the universal truths about modern air travel is that nobody likes the passenger pre-board screening process. Whilst pass - engers questioned immediately after a successful or foiled terrorist attack will readily say that they accept the pre-board screening process as it is there to ensure their safety, opinion changes after a few months when their memory, or more often media coverage of these events, fades into the background.Pre-board screening in one form or another has been a feature of air travel for the past 60 or so years, but it was really in the early 1970s that the process that we are familiar with today began to affect all air travel. It grew out of the spate of middle eastern inspired terrorist hijackings following high-profile incidents, such as Dawson’s Field in Jordan in 1970, when the requirement for screening passengers (for hijack weapons) was brought under ICAO’s remit.Passengers are screened by metal detection equipment, normally walk-through metal detectors, with a physical search or ‘pat-down’ for those passengers who cause the archway to alarm. A modern variation of this in some locations such as Europe, is for a percentage of those passengers who have not caused the system to alarm to also be subject to a physical search in recognition that not all weapons are metallic and screening passengers relies heavily on equipment designed to detect these metallic weapons.


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