Singapore played host to a mockup of what airlines are calling the Checkpoint of the Future
, which could soon be replacing security checkpoints around the world. The mockup was presented by the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
, whose members number around 230 and account for some 90% of international air travel. It's hoped that these fast and high tech scanners will get travelers to their planes faster without having to deal with personally invasive security procedures.
In this future model, travelers are directed toward one of three 20-foot long corridors: A normal scan, an enhanced scan, or a "known traveler" lane. Which corridor passengers go toward is based on background checks carried out by the traveler's government. "Known travelers" would likely have to pay a fee and submit to more thorough background checks, but have a lower-security screening. This information will be stored on chips embedded in travelers' passports, and their identity will be confirmed using retinal scanners.
Once at the correct lane, travelers begin their security check. But in the IATA's vision, it's far different from what we know today.