Conceptual designer Ashish Thulkar and technology entrepreneur Charles Bombardier have outlined a new way to accelerate passenger screening without compromising security.
Their Aerochk concept integrates security equipment on an escalator, allowing passengers to check in, clear security, and proceed through immigration in under a minute.
On arrival at the airport, passengers would walk towards the nearest Aerochk installation on their way to the boarding gate rather than waiting in a separate security line. They would place their passport on the left side of the machine and luggage on the right, enabling passports and bags to be checked simultaneously.
Readers on a linear robotic conveyor would then check if the passport is valid and the traveller is registered for an upcoming flight, before registering the traveller for the relevant flight and performing all other necessary background checks. Facial recognition would match the passport photo with the individual on Aerochk, and other devices would confirm that the passport has not been tampered with and is not fraudulent. In the event of a travel denial – if a document is invalid or a background check fails, for example – Aerochk would alert the relevant authorities.
Passengers embarking on Aerochk would pass through a portal to be identified by cameras and other sensors. Their height and weight would be recorded to optimise the weight and balance of the aircraft, and other equipment would be used to identify passengers of interest to security authorities. The designers said that Aerochk could even be fitted with audio devices to ask questions and record answers.
The luggage conveyor would check if bags contain dangerous or prohibited items using different types of scanner technology. Each bag would be photographed, weighed, and associated with its owner automatically. Larger bags would be diverted into the cargo hold, while hand baggage would be picked up by passengers upon exiting the Aerochk.
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