Traveling, particularly by air, is fraught with tension. The tension is valid: in 2018 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confiscated a record-setting 4,239 firearms in carry-on bags, 86 percent of which were loaded. TSA personnel also discovered items such as smoke grenades, lighter fluid, and fireworks.1 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking to improve aviation security worldwide, acknowledging that, “recently evaluated intelligence indicates terrorist groups continue to advance multiple efforts to target the aviation sector and are seeking ways to circumvent aviation security.”2
The good news is that there is definitive movement to strengthen security worldwide by leveraging technologies such as biometrics. Consumers are increasingly willing to cooperate with such technologies in the interest of their personal safety. For example, a full 81 percent of American respondents to the 2019 Unisys Security Index™ report that they are willing to give their biometric data at the airport. The number one reason for this willingness is that they believe it will make flights safer and prevent terrorism.
However, the move to biometrics at the airport has been slow. Challenges exist due to multiple stakeholders, evolving technologies, and data security concerns. It is no simple task for airports to get on board with biometrics. That being said, deploying biometrics at the airport is not an impossible task. Read 2019 Unisys Security Index™ Calls for Biometrics at the Airport today to learn what steps airports can take to adopt biometric technology that will strengthen security and ensure the personal safety of passengers.
1 “TSA Year in Review: A Record Setting 2018.” TSA, February 7, 2019.
2 U.S. Department of Homeland Security, https://www.dhs.gov/aviation-security, viewed on May 25, 2019.