Airport Security "Checkpoint Of The Future"

Airport Security "Checkpoint Of The Future"

The most dreadful part of travelling on a plane (besides the plane ride itself) is the airport security checkpoint.  You have to wait in a long line, and who likes those.  Than you have to take almost everything out of your carry on bags, take off your belt, jewelry and place them on dirty trays.  Besides everyone bumping in to you and feeling rushed, this whole process is a pain.  Oh, and than you have to walk through the metal detector which makes most people nervous (even if they don’t have anything illegal on them!).  I guess it’s just something about the machine, and feeling like the whole world is watching you, when in reality the only person watching you is the security guard.  So, this new system that they have dubbed “Checkpoint of The Future” will have passengers walk through one of three 20-foot tunnels, marked “enhanced,” “normal” or “known traveler,” a reference to programs in which fliers submit personal data before flying in exchange for lighter scrutiny at checkpoints.  TSA chief John Pistole says his agency is generally on-board with the idea, telling the Daily Mail, “It’s an idea clearly worth consideration as technology develops. Segmenting the passenger population for different levels of security screening is exactly what we’re pursuing.” The concept — high-minded as it may be — still faces numerous technical and financial hurdles, says the Daily Mail, which adds privacy advocates will likely protest any planned launch of the body-scanning technology at airport checkpoints in the US.

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