Secure Journeys group formed to address airport security issues
- BTN News
- Friday, 17 March 2017
Aviation IT firm Sita has confirmed the formation of the 'Secure Journeys Working Group' to address today’s airport security threats in the USA and to work towards creating a secure and efficient passenger experience at airports.
Sita says the launch of the Secure Journeys initiative is in response to the current security climate and recent attacks on non-secure areas, including the Brussels airport bombing and Fort Lauderdale airport shooting. Members of the working group cite these incidents as examples that demonstrate the need to rethink the approach to getting passengers through airports quickly and safely.
Brian Cobb, vice president Customer Services, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) said: “Because CVG is a mid-market airport, we have the unique ability to quickly test the effectiveness of emerging technology on security and efficiency. As a member of Secure Journeys, we can use our knowledge to help shape recommendations to authorities based on real-world experience rather than untested concepts.”
Secure Journeys is an evolution and expansion of Sita’s Border Automation User Group, which was formed in 2015 to facilitate implementation of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Automated Passport Control program.
The newly extended group will address growing challenges including:
- Moving passengers and baggage more rapidly through non-secure areas of the airport, such as check-in and baggage claim areas;
- Reducing and effectively managing security wait times to reduce lines of people in non-secure areas;
- Incorporating biometrics for passenger screening authentication;
- Addressing ways in which identity management solutions can be used along with data analytics to reduce the growing concerns around the insider threat.