SITA has formed a Secure Journeys initiative to
address today’s airport security threats in the USA and to work
towards creating a secure and efficient passenger experience
throughout the airport.
The launch of the initiative is in
response to the current security climate and recent attacks on
non-secure areas of the airport, including the Brussels airport
bombing and Fort Lauderdale airport shooting.
Members of the
Secure Journeys working group cite these incidents as examples
that demonstrate the need to rethink the approach to getting
passengers through the airport quickly and safely.
Brian Cobb, Vice President of Customer Services,
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), said,
“Because CVG is a mid-market airport, we have the unique ability
to quickly test the effectiveness of emerging technology on
security and efficiency. As a member of Secure Journeys, we can
use our knowledge to help shape recommendations to the TSA and CBP based on real-world experience rather than untested concepts. We
look forward to collaborating as a community to ensure the safety
and convenience of the traveling public.”
is an evolution and expansion of SITA’s
Border Automation User Group which was formed in 2015 to
facilitate implementation of the U.S. Customs and Border
Protection’s (CBP) Automated Passport Control program.
newly extended group will address growing challenges, including:
- Moving passengers and baggage more rapidly through
non-secure areas of the airport, such as check-in and baggage
- Reducing and effectively managing security wait
times to reduce lines of people in non-secure areas;
Incorporating biometrics for passenger screening authentication;
- Addressing ways in which identity management solutions can be
used along with data analytics to reduce the growing concerns around the insider threat.
The value of Secure Journeys is
its ability to bring together experts and representatives from
across the air transport spectrum to provide input and
recommendations based on their unique perspective and experience.
Given the Administration’s focus on transportation security and
commitment to large-scale investment for the nation’s
infrastructure, the solutions and recommendations identified by
Secure Journeys are vital to informing key decision makers.
David Menzel, Sales Director-Government Markets, SITA,
Founding Member, Secure Journeys, said, “As the U.S. government
looks for answers to a new set of threats passengers face, Secure
Journeys will identify solutions to common ‘soft target’
challenges, passenger screening and insider threats and develop a
set of recommended standards for U.S. airports to adopt. We look
forward to continuing work with the Department of Homeland
Security and our airline and airport partners to make America’s
airports safer and improve the overall passenger experience from
reservation to destination.”
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