Airport alert

When an airport experiences a major security breach, officials scramble to implement new, sometimes invasive technologies to keep airlines and passengers safe. One of the latest examples occurred on Christmas Day, 2009, when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab passed through airport security in Amsterdam with a bomb on a Detroit-bound flight.

Hands-on access

A recent survey of passengers on Scandinavian Airlines, SAS, showed that fingerprint identification has become widely accepted. Over 70% of Swedish respondents who participated in a trial to validate their luggage check-in with their fingerprints were positive and thought that the system should be introduced full-scale to allow ticket-free travel and remote check-in. The respondents felt that convenience was the main advantage. In response, SAS has expanded the trial and is now testing the fingerprinting system on several key domestic routes in Sweden, to ensure that the checked-in passenger is the same person who boards the plane.