Passengers of charter flights are responsible for the majority of extra costs arising from delays in airport security checks, according to scientific research conducted by airport security consulting company, Kirschenbaum Consulting.
The Iris Recognition Immigration System has received something of a setback, with confirmation from the government scanners had been switched off at half the airports using the scheme. Manchester and Birmingham airports have mothballed the equipment, leaving only London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports using the system.
ThermoEnergy Corporation Chairman and CEO, Cary Bullock, announced that he anticipates strong demand in 2012 for aircraft de-icing fluid (ADF) recovery systems, due to expected new requirements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at Beijing Capital International Airport with smog making it unsafe for planes to operate. Conditions deteriorated across much of the north of the country with pollution also closing a number of motorways.
In light of the recent news that the EU has chosen to enforce a ban on airport ‘strip-search’ scanners, one of the UK’s leading online independent travel agents has carried out a flash poll which found the majority of Britons are against the idea; despite warnings that the scanners may hold cancer risks.
Passengers flying with any airline from Vienna International Airport are set to use the first common-use self-boarding gates go into operation anywhere in the world. The gates, provided by air transport IT specialist SITA, are being installed throughout Vienna’s terminals, including the new terminal Skylink, which will open mid-2012.
Gatwick Airport has confirmed the launch of its new South Terminal Security area. Opened by Theresa Villiers, minister of state for transport, the state-of-the-art facilities will see passengers benefiting from a fast, smart and efficient security experience.
The United States Transportation Security Administration has announced it will begin testing a limited, voluntary passenger pre-screening initiative at four airports today. The TSA PreCheck initiative, which will focus on a small known traveller population, implements a key component of its intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security.
Officials at the United States Transportation Security Administration have confirmed new software will remove the need for “naked” images of passengers to be created during security screening. A generic image will instead be used, removing one of the main complaints held by travellers against new Advanced Imaging Technology machines.
Accenture has been selected by the Dutch ministry of internal affairs to design and deliver Automated Border Control Systems at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. The new systems will reduce the waiting time of travellers passing through one of the world’s busiest airports during peak immigration periods by more efficiently validating passenger identities and documentation.
A leading hospital consultant has refused to go through an X-ray scanner at Manchester Airport, claiming it could give him cancer. The eye specialist, who was flying to Switzerland on business, said: “X-rays are known to cause cancer and I think somebody will get cancer from this body scanner whether it’s me or someone else.”
IATA is pushing for faster security checks at airports by unveiling a new automatic scanner system that aims to reduce queues and intrusive manual checks by airport security staff. The system aims to reduce security check from around 10 minutes to as little as five seconds. A version is expected to be trialled within 18 months and could be rolled out at major airports within five years.