Airport security must continue to evolve as air transportation grows and changes to meet the shifting demands of the modern traveler. New technologies have been introduced in this time to offer faster screening and provide better convenience while continuing to keep the traveling public safe.
Automated screening lanes (ASLs) and computed tomography (CT) screening machines provide an example of the types of technologies that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airports have introduced to increase throughput and improve the overall experience. Now, with the landscape changing further in response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, remote screening technology is an instrumental tool that airports can deploy to reduce passenger queues, enhance the effectiveness of security checkpoints and introduce operational efficiencies.
Remote screen technology has already been implemented at multiple airports in the U.S. and several in Europe at the time of this publication, proving its capability and value. As airports look to develop new operational guidelines for safely handling their capacities, remote screening can be utilized to provide both enhanced security operations and limit person-to-person contact, eventually leading to regional screening through wide area networks. In the U.S., this could mean altering the way that the TSA operates and deploys its resources and training programs to make more effective use of remote screening technology.