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Checkpoint of the future scans for bad people, not bad luggage

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Getting through airport checkpoints can be kind of a pain, even if you're careful to pack properly and use a checkpoint-friendly bag. The IATA, an international trade organization for airlines, unveiled a new checkpoint solution this week at a conference in Singapore. Essentially, this is the checkpoint of the future: three security lanes with biometric scanners which will scan for bad people instead of bad luggage. The new security lines are for "known travelers," "enhanced security," and anyone who doesn't fall in those two buckets.

First, you submit to a government background check in which the pre-screening determines whether you're a threat to the airplane. When you show up to the airport, the scanner verifies you as the person who's been through the background check. If you're deemed to have a pure and safe background, you quickly slide through the fast lane. If the background check determines you to be risky and possibly a threat, you go through the enhanced security lane instead. Everyone else who hasn't been pre-screened will go through the normal lane.

"We have the ability to move to the biometric scanning and three-lane concept right now," a spokeperson said. "And while some of the technology still needs to be developed, even by just re-purposing what we have today, we could see major changes in two or three years time."

AP via Engadget

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