When going out of home is dangerous and almost banned around the world for the safety and security of people, no doubt opening airports will increase the risks. A new set of parameters will be applied after the re-opening of airports. Your travel history and health condition will set how fast or slow you processed through the airport. These two things will be in biometric setup, embed in e-passport, will allow scanning through if one is a high risk of coronavirus.
David Chadwick, the Unisys director for Identity and Biometrics, said that the new system will define the fast checkup track, where some people will move fast and others will move aside due to the health conditions. There will be less ‘hands-on’ in airport security after the pandemic.
He said, “After 9/11 there was an intensity of security screening where there was the looking for an unknown threat, the small bottles of liquid that could be combined, the hidden box cutters.”
The situation will be no more the same as this time the passengers themselves would be at risk. The coronavirus is a pandemic and spreads quickly across thus the new technology and scanners will reduce the close contact interaction between people in the future.
“This means fewer pat-downs and less pulling things out of your bag because that introduces more opportunity to expose people to viruses,” he added.
The security will not be looking for bombs or drugs at the airport but for the germs thus they will invest in such screening systems that do not allow physical contact with any object such as laptops. The new parameter will be set up which will keep a distance from the source and object and scan through the body to locate any germs which might spread coronavirus.
The new technology might slow down the process at the airport as the passengers start traveling again. People coming from countries deemed at risk will certainly draw more attention. The stamps get older and new methods on passports will be applied such as “Low-Risk.” The governments will be noticing who has been vaccinated against the virus, if a vaccine is developed, or who is highly resistant to COVID-19. It will involve the personnel health marker on your e-passport.
Mr. Chadwick predicts that these security parameters might need a few years to establish. The airline industry is set back up to 10 years where they are in Los today. He says, “If I was going to really crystal ball gaze I think it would be three or four years before we are anything close to normal leisure travel again.”
Over the coming years, the increase up to 40% will be seen at airports. It will be a challenge for airports to control security. “There will be elements always looking to exploit any perceived weakness in security at airports.”