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"But as more people return to the skies, the
evidence shows that the throughput of today's
checkpoints [is] decreasing," said Dunlap, with
passenger screening systems already beginning
to show their age. At the same time, the aviation
security system needs to maintain the con dence
of a sophisticated travelling public and the signs
of discontent are growing, he added, pointing to
passengers becoming increasingly vocal about the
inconvenience of security measures.
"We are starting to see protests online driven
by social media sites," Dunlap said, pointing to
passenger rights groups calling for a US national
opt-out of body scanning last November, just a day
before the busy anksgiving holiday.
IATA believes that new technolog y has a role in
security screening but needs to be used within a
redesigned checkpoint system.
"You just can't put a new radio in a car and claim
that you have a new car. What you have is an old car
with a new radio," Dunlap said. Body scanners do
not t with a 40 year old screening system, he said.
IATA believes there is a better way of screening
passengers than exclusively relying on object nding,
which has been the focus for the past 40 years. "We
think that the future lies in a new paradigm -- and
that's looking for bad people and not just bad
objects," says Dunlap.
IATA's solution is the 'Checkpoint of the Future',
which looks for bad people instead of bad objects,
uses passenger data, screens passengers based on risk
and provides an uninterrupted journey from door to
door. In IATA's vision, the checkpoint should create
a total security picture of the traveller, "and not
just a naked one" and combine physical screening
at the airport with electronic pre-screening by
governments before the ight to allow a board or
no-board decision to be made.
Such an approach would allow passengers to
be di erentiated at the checkpoint and directed
to di erent lanes, designated as 'known traveller',
'regular' and 'enhanced security' lanes. Screeners
should use advanced behaviour detection through
intelligent questioning of passengers based on the
"IATA envisions an interruption-free passenger
transit from curb to aircra . Combining biometrics,
stand-o screening and passenger data, travellers
should walk uninterrupted through a tunnel of
technology where security and customs processing
occurs in a transparent manner," said Dunlap.
IATA has been working with airlines, states and
ICAO on its vision for more than a year. It has
developed blueprints and a roadmap for the way
"We are working with like-minded associations,
manufacturers, academics and airlines to refine
this concept. is needs to be a global e ort," said
Dunlap. IATA has shared its concept with states and
is encouraged that it has support to test components,
he said, adding that IATA is pursuing intermediate
steps as it waits for some of the technologies to
"One of these steps is to repurpose and reintegrate
existing technology into an intermediate checkpoint
that is possible in the next two to three years," said
Dunlap. is reworked checkpoint will use existing
hardware and will integrate several central elements
of the Checkpoint of the Future, including passenger
data, behaviour analysis and new screening lanes.
"IATA is committed to making air travel safe,
secure and more enjoyable," Dunlap said.
It is also committed to improving cargo security,
which once again became a focus of attention last
October when two explosive devices were found
in airfreight shipments originating in Yemen. e
devices were discovered in a UPS freighter at East
Midlands International Airport in the UK and
a FedEx facility in Dubai, and were intended to
detonate in- ight.
IATA has called for a new approach to cargo
security that includes the entire supply chain, but
stresses that the wrong solution could damage the
global economy, with 30 percent of the value of all
goods shipped travelling by air. "IATA has ideas
that can enhance security and prevent economic
disruption," Dunlap said.
A supply chain approach would ensure an item
of cargo is protected from tampering from the time
it is packed until the point of arrival, with shippers,
forwarders, manufacturers and airlines all having
responsibility for maintaining the security of air
cargo. e system would provide exibility for cargo
to be screened at an appropriate point on its journey
and transported securely, which would prevent
creating choke points where cargo could be stalled
or backed up.
According to Dunlap, this would also allow
security to be tailored to the commodity being
shipped, rather than using an ine cient 'one-size-
ts-all' security approach.
IATA believes its Secure Freight programme, which is
being piloted in Malaysia and Eg ypt, is a supply-chain
solution that works. Secure freight aims to promote
air cargo supply chain security standards, with the
development of templates and documents, best
practices and processes to secure the supply chain.
'The aviation security system needs to maintain the confidence
of a sophisticated travelling public and the signs of discontent
New screening technology is
under development to improve
the existing system.
AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORT
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