12/22/2005

Security “checkpoint of the future”

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:59 am

An airport security “checkpoint of the future” that lets travellers leave shoes on feet, keys in pockets and laptop computers in carry-on bags was shown off in San Francisco.

General Electric (GE) got clearance from San Francisco International Airport to set up a “laboratory” in an unused lane at an active passenger checkpoint.

GE merged an array of computer and scanning technologies into a system that promises to get passengers through an automated checkpoint in 20 seconds, Steve Hill GE Security’s Homeland Protection division told AFP.

“In our vision for the checkpoint of the future, no one will have to take shoes or coats off, or take anything out of pockets or take laptops out of bags,” Hill said.

Passenger screening would begin when a traveller presses a finger to an explosive-sensing touch pad while checking baggage or getting a ticket.

Sophisticated CAT scan devices would replace X-ray technology currently used to scan carry on bags, Hill said. Passengers would then step through a circular, transparent “wave portal” capable of detecting “threat anomalies” such as weapons or bombs, Hill said.

Passengers would then step on a scanner that detects dangerous chemicals or other hazards, according to Hill.

“A passenger then picks up bags and proceeds on their merry way,” Hill said. “Unless some potential threat is identified.”

Source: AFP

 

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