Airline executives urge airport security overhaul

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Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 11:34 AM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of an international airlines trade group predicts that by the end of the decade, passengers will be able to race through airport checkpoints without stopping, removing clothing, or taking liquids and laptops out of bags. He calls it a "checkpoint of the future."

Tony Tyler spoke at an international conference in the United Arab Emirates where airline executives warned that unless there's a major overhaul of security measures, terminals will become overwhelmed, and passengers will become even more disgruntled.

Tyler is optimistic that instead of screening every passenger the same way, there will be a system based on individual passenger risk. It's a concept that the industry hopes will be tested at a handful of airports starting in two years.

The head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration told the conference that passengers who are "willing to share a little more information" ahead of time will have a "much better experience" at airport security.

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APPHOTO NYBZ125: FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2011, file photo, airline passengers retrieve their scanned belongings while going through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta. Airline executives said Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at a global aviation conference that Airport security needs to undergo a radical overhaul or else passengers will become further disgruntled, lines will grow and terminals will be overwhelmed. "We simply can't cope with the expected volume of passengers with the way things are today," said Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, the airlines' trade group. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File) (3 Aug 2011)

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APPHOTO NYBZ124: In this Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, photo, an unidentified traveler undergoes a secondary security screening at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. Airline executives said Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at a global aviation conference that Airport security needs to undergo a radical overhaul or else passengers will become further disgruntled, lines will grow and terminals will be overwhelmed. "We simply can't cope with the expected volume of passengers with the way things are today," said Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, the airlines' trade group. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) (1 Aug 2011)

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