The International Air Transport Association has released a mock-up of what it is calling the "Checkpoint of the Future." The Checkpoint of the Future would feature three different tunnels for well-known, normal and high-risk passengers. The tunnels would be 20 feet long and feature a varying range of scanners and sensors.
The IATA's new system is designed to win back travelers who have taken to other forms of transportation due to the often-invasive airport security checks. The new Checkpoint of the Future system would categorize flyers based on their criminal history and other information, implanting a chip into their passports that could be scanned to help put them into the correct tunnel. The system may seem far out, but the IATA would like to have it up and running within five years. The TSA has expressed interest in the system and is apparently in the process of developing its own system to separate passengers by risk level.
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