WCVB-TV Chronicle 5 Features Boston Logan International Airport

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IDSS was proud to be included in WCVB-TV's Chronicle 5 segment on new security features and amenities available at Boston's Logan International Airport.  IDSS is the airport's "local vendor" for CT checkpoint screening, as part of our participation in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Innovation Task Force Program WCVB-TV #Chronicle5 

Makers Of New Hand-Baggage Scanners See Growing Demand

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IDSS’s technology, which achieved certification in 2015 in the U.S., is now undergoing trials at Boston Logan International Airport with a view to achieving qualification to become a system of record by year-end. That status would allow the TSA to buy the equipment.

Paresi agrees passenger engagement may have a role to play: “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having some interaction, but I believe in layered security," he says. "The bottom line is that you can’t measure what is in a person’s brain—you can measure what is in a person’s bag.”

WSJ: Hope for Faster Airport Security

"The Transportation Security Administration, airports, airlines and manufacturers are gearing up for a major effort to replace X-ray machines at checkpoints with computed tomography scanners—CT scanners similar to what hospitals use. They can give a clean, 3-D look inside cluttered bags, which have become a big problem for the TSA."

Divestitures = Delays

The bottlenecking that occurs around checkpoint security has driven passenger complaints over the course of the last 15 years. Increased security wait times have forced travelers to relegate important travel items to their checked baggage or risk missing their flights.

According to analysis by the IATA CoF Committee, a meaningful portion of the inefficiencies at these checkpoints is attributable to the number of divestitures passengers are required to make before passing through security. The figure below highlights two of the largest contributors are the removal of electronics and liquid restrictions. Combined these restrictions account for 23% of all airport checkpoint delays. 

Current guidelines allow passengers to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in carry-on luggage.  Individual liquid containers are restricted to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less. However, the quart-sized bag must be removed from carry-on bags and screened separately. Likewise, when it comes to electronics, anything larger than a standard size laptop must be screened separately.

While these practices have been the norm for a while and passengers have acclimated to some degree, passenger traffic has grown over 20% from 2003 to 2014. Assuming passenger traffic continues to grow in the future, the existing guidelines will become unsustainable and will lead to increasingly long wait times.

Attribution analysis of airport checkpoint delays (%)

Source: IATA CoF Committee