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Smart Security

Formerly known as Checkpoint of the Future (IATA), Smart Security is now a joint program between IATA and ACI.


The Problem

Today’s passenger and cabin baggage security screening works, but at great cost to authorities, to the airline industry, and to passengers. Given the predicted growth in air travel, continuously evolving security threats, and passengers being increasingly dissatisfied with queues and intrusive measures, the industry agrees that today’s model is not sustainable in the long term.

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The Vision

A continuous journey from curb to airside, where passengers proceed through security with minimal inconvenience, where security resources are allocated based on risk, and where airport facilities can be optimized.

In the video below, you will hear from Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA and Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI-World, on what the program hopes to achieve and how it will evolve over the coming years. 

The Solution

The vision will be achieved through the introduction of risk-based security concepts, advanced screening technologies, and process innovation. With these elements in combination, Smart Security seeks to deliver:

  • Strengthened security – Focus resources based on risk, increase unpredictability, make better use of existing technologies, and introduce new technologies with advanced capabilities as they become available.
  • Increased operational efficiency – Increase throughput, optimize asset utilization, reduce cost per passenger, and maximize space and staff resources.
  • Improved passenger experience – Reduce queues and waiting times and use technology for less intrusive and time consuming security screening.

The Benefits

Passengers benefit through faster, more convenient and less-intrusive security screening.

Airlines benefit through higher customer satisfaction and reduction in departure delays.

Airports benefit through greater operational efficiencies and increased revenue opportunities.

Governments benefit through an improved ability to counter threats, to focus resources where risk is greatest, and to leverage investment made on existing technologies.

Manufacturers benefit from greater use of technologies.

Everyone benefits from strengthened security.

Support for Smart Security

To make this future a reality, ACI and IATA are working in close cooperation with the industry and government partners. A roadmap for the future of passenger screening has been defined and documented in a detailed blueprint charting the evolution of passenger screening over time, and includes proposals that are believed to be operationally achievable, technically feasible, and politically acceptable in the short, medium and long term.

The roadmap gained support at the ICAO High Level Conference on Aviation Security in Montreal on 12-14 September 2012, and was subsequently supported by the ICAO Council.

While the Smart Security program sets a vision for the longer term, many Smart Security concepts and solutions are available today. Over the past few years, they have been tested and evaluated in partnership with governments, airports, airlines, and solution providers. Airports, including Geneva, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, and London Gatwick, are amongst those leading the way, with many more now looking at how Smart Security concepts can be incorporated into their operations.

More information on these components and solutions can be found in the Smart Security Flyer (pdf).

For further information on the program or to get involved, please contact the Smart Security team at or

This is just the beginning. Work with us to deliver the future.


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