‘Checkpoint of the Future’ supported by ICAO
10 October 2012
ICAO has adopted a plan to modernize airport screening that closely matches the ‘Checkpoint of the Future’ concept unveiled in 2011 by IATA. Like IATA, ICAO’s model relies on a risk-based approach that combines technology with an improved screening process. The plans differ in their expression of target dates: IATA sets goals for 2014, 2017 and 2020, while ICAO refers to near-term, intermediate, and long-term goals. ICAO gave its stamp of approval at its recent conference on aviation security in Montreal, Canada, calling the plan a “recommended tool for states to use as they develop future screening within their countries.” The plan earned the endorsement of various industry groups and governments, including the U.S. and China. IATA has spent the better part of 2012 moving Checkpoint of the Future to “an IATA-supported but industry-led project” involving airports, airlines, security equipment manufacturers and international governments, Dunlap adds. A 13-member advisory board for the initiative includes representatives from each of the sectors, including the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Specific checkpoint project features include known traveller programmes, biometric matching of passengers and travel documents, and the collection of passenger information for immigration and customs, according to IATA.