“There is a confusing situation today – checks depend on country. How will these be revolutionised? The answer is evolution of check-in processes”
Sean Farrell, Director, Biometric Center of Excellence, Government and Security Solutions, SITA.
The key is the need to reach a point of positive ID checks. Sean Farrell, Director, Biometric Center of Excellence, Government and Security Solutions, SITA, put it succinctly: “There is a need to check people, not documents.” While there are a number of registered traveller programmes in operation around the world, a set of common standards and a phased approach are required, not simply technology standards. It is a question of whether one government trusts another airline’s enrolment process,” explained Farrell. “If we have an e-Passport, everyone is enrolled. That’s your positive credential and also the token that says you have the right to board. It could be virtual, such as a record on a database.” According to Farrell, many governments will rollout such processes in the coming years. Already, more than 100 countries are using e-Passports.