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Billing it as a way to end the one-size-fits-all approach to airport security, the International Air Transport Association on Tuesday unveiled a mock-up of what it called the "Checkpoint of the Future."
Instead of a single screening procedure applied to all fliers, the group envisions that passengers would be divided into risk categories based on the information available about them.
The first -- and quickest -- lane would only be available to fliers who have registered and undergone background checks with their governments.
Normal screening in the second lane would apply to the majority of travelers. New technology would allow them to walk through without having to take off their clothes or shoes, or unpack their bags.
A biometric identifier in your passport would determine which lane you go through based on a risk assessment performed before you arrive at the airport.
Originally posted by AshleyD
That is exactly what I was thinking. lol Somewhat like the groping/humiliation one goes through when they opt out of the scanners, I wonder if the 'unknown gate' is supposed to be a humiliation for fliers who refuse to register with the government.
Scary stuff. But, yeah. I would be embarrassed to have to go through that line.