Huge Increase in Passengers Will Demand Biometric Airport Security
May 31, 2018
Biometric airport security solutions are going to be needed in the coming years if the predictions by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation are anything to go by. It predicts that the total number of international arrivals will increase from 1.3 billion to 1.8 billion by 2030.
Biometric airport security to cope with double in passenger numbers
Biometric airport security is the way airports are going to deal with the increase in passengers it would seem. It’s easier to create solutions that get passengers through airports quicker than it is to build airport expansions. At the recent World Travel & Tourism Council, President and CEO, Gloria Guevera Manzo told transport ministers from all over the world to expect and prepare for the growing number of travellers. She said the number of global passengers will increase from 4 million to 7.8 million over the next decade. She said:
“This growth poses a challenge not only to infrastructure capacity but also how to ensure these travellers can be processed efficiently and securely. In order for us to achieve this growth and create jobs, we need to work together to find solutions which increase capacity, enhance customer experience and ensure security.”
Biometrics are being seen by many as the natural answer.”
EasyJet trial biometric airport security
At Gatwick, a new biometric airport security trial is getting underway with EasyJet. The airline is introducing a self-service baggage drop off system that will also take passengers personal details and a biometric. The self-service machine will allow them to board the plane later in their journey much faster just using the biometric they registered at the bag drop off.
The trial will take place over three months and concentrate on 43 EasyJet routes to Europe, and involve 10,000 passengers. Gatwick Airport’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Woodroofe, said:
“Self-boarding technology is the obvious next piece in the jigsaw following extensive investment in our automated check-in and security processing areas.”
We will have to see how successful the trial is for EasyJet, but it’s likely we could see similar solutions implemented airport-wide if it’s a success. But why are biometric the chosen method of speeding operations?
Well, they are for one, very secure. Committing fraud is much harder when a biometric solution is in place. Naturally, for everyone’s safety, it is good if the airport can reliably and securely identify people as being who they say they are.
Speed, convenience and security are three things very welcome in an airport experience, and biometrics will help provide that. Of course, it’s not just in airports such qualities are appreciated. We aim to provide those same benefits to all kinds of organisations here at BioStore. With biometrics we make workplaces safer, more convenient to use and slicker operations. Find out more.