07 Jun '11, 8am

New airport system would scan iris, save time (via ST iPhone App)

New airport system would scan iris, save time (via ST iPhone App)

Visitors take a look at a mock-up of a passenger screening machine on display during the IATA annual general meeting in Singapore on June 7. -- PHOTO: AFP SINGAPORE - AN INDUSTRY group has unveiled plans for an airport security system intended to sharply reduce check-in time. The International Air Transport Association said at its annual meeting on Tuesday that the new system would feature iris scanners to match a passenger's eye to his passport and information chips inside passports to identify passengers who might pose a security risk. Travellers would pass through one of three 20-foot (6.1m) tunnels and be subject to different degrees of searches depending on the level of security risk. The system should be in place within five years. Airlines are seeking ways to win back passengers put off by long and irritating airport security measures. -- AP

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