Getting passengers through all of the different processes that air flight requires can be a difficult and daunting task. With the construction and launch of high velocity trains across the European Union, airlines are finding tough competition when covering short distance routes. From the moment a passenger parks a car or gets off a taxi or a train at the terminal, to processing the same passenger at the boarding gate, that person will lose many hours of valuable time along the way. Flights to and from the United States can require a person to be in the airport 4 hours before the scheduled departure time. Over the following paragraphs, I will attempt to expose improved systems to facilitate passenger processing..
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Finding the fastest, safest and most direct route for passengers, especially frequent business flyers should be treated as a priority to airport management. Air Safety Week highlights the fact that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the United States has commenced implementing new “Black Diamond” self-select security lanes. This concept is based on a “series of lanes that directs passengers based on their travel needs and knowledge” (2008, para. 4). The travel needs and knowledge separate the different types of travelers before security screening takes place, and generally consists of three lanes: expert, for the business traveler; casual, for those who do not fly as frequently but know the ropes, and family/special assistance, “for passengers traveling with small children or strollers, elderly passengers and passengers who may need special assistance” (Poma, 2008, para. 4).
Whilst it is believed that this will contribute towards reducing peak-time congestion in major airports, why is it that the US’s TSA is implementing it? It theory, it is a great idea, separating passengers by how frequent and accustomed they are to the processes, but at the same time, if there is no data to prove the time that is supposedly saved, then the process cannot be approved and deemed successful. The United States have also begun using full body screens with technology that allows security staff to see beneath passengers clothes; can