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Checkpoint of the Future Coming Soon To Airports 373

Posted by timothy
from the put-your-dignity-in-the-bin dept.
cultiv8 writes with this excerpt from an AP story as carried by Yahoo: "Eye scanners and futuristic security tunnels may be standard in airports soon as the airline industry seeks to maintain safety while reducing the hassles of boarding a plane that deter some people from flying. The International Air Transport Association unveiled a mock-up Tuesday in Singapore of what it dubbed the 'Checkpoint of the Future,' where passengers separated by security risk would walk through one of three high-tech, 20-foot-long (6.1-meters-long) tunnels that can quickly scan shoes and carry-on luggage and check for liquids and explosives. ... In the IATA prototype, passengers would be categorized based on the results of a government risk assessment that is put into a chip in a passenger's passport or other identification. An eye scan would then match the passenger to the passport."
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Checkpoint of the Future Coming Soon To Airports

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  • Re:I stopped flying. (Score:4, Informative)

    by ToadMan8 (521480) on Tuesday June 07, 2011 @02:27PM (#36365450)
    A hundred hours of flying in rented / club planes, instruction, FAA fees, etc., to get your Private and Instrument Rating will set you back around $10k - $12k. A 200 MPH kit like the RV-7 [] will set you back around $100k.

    It's not cheap, to be sure, but it's not a millionaire sort of thing. I don't mean to be argumentative, just to realign the elitist image many non-pilots have of the small piston airplane crew.

    If you are willing to settle with 130 mph instead of 200, a serviceable used Skyhawk can be had for less than the price of a decked-out F-150, and get similar fuel mileage.

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