The International Air Transport Association (IATA) displayed a mockup of the so-called “security checkpoint of the future” where passengers are divided into groups based on their security risk. Using iris-scanning technology, passengers would either go down a lane for passengers considered low-risk, normal risk, or enhanced risk. As the head of IATA noted, the current system (of patting down 3 year olds) was designed to stop people from bringing guns and knives onto planes in order to hijack them. That’s not the only issue nowadays, but the airport security system has not really caught up to that.
We’re still several years away from anything like this being implemented, but this is obviously a step in the right direction. Of course, once this is rolled out, we will hear plenty of blabbering about privacy issues related to iris-scanning technologies. Blah blah blah. You are free to stand in the Enhanced Security line. I’ll just be happy when my 5 year olds don’t have to strip down to go through airport security.
(Thanks to reader D-Lux)