Passengers in Britain could clear airport security in as little as five seconds under plans for a sophisticated new screening system that would not require them to remove their personal belongings.
The 21 feet long smart tunnel combines all existing and imminent security technology in one place and would slash the time passengers wait at airports, says a report in The Telegraph.com. Passengers would simply walk the length of the tunnel while they are scanned.
A prototype of the new technology was unveiled in Singapore by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents the world’s major airlines. It features screening methods which are either already commonplace at airports - such as body scanners - and those which are expected to be introduced soon, including liquid detectors.
The Association hopes trials of a cut-down version of the arch, with at least some of the screening operations, could start at a couple of major airports by the end of next year, the report says.