Research Topic

Aviation security is slowly changing in a rapidly evolving environment. Safety measures aim to prevent accidental occurrences and security measures are almost totally reactive in their nature. The increase in attacks and attempts has stimulated aviation to be ahead of potential threats. Although these standards need to be maintained, passenger experience is an integral part of a traveler’s journey. Ease, efficiency and speed have been and remain important parameters measuring customer satisfaction. While passengers want the security process to be as seamless as possible, they also want to feel safe. These key issues are now driving innovative solutions within the industry. However, these new innovative systems should not be at the expense of maintaining high safety and security standards.

Biometrics is innovatively being used in security systems across many branches. Fingerprint scanners are used to unlock telephones. In early 2000, IATA launched its “Checkpoint of the Future” in which a biometric identifier, the iris scanner, was used as part of a smart security system. On airports, biometrics is being used in automated border control facilities.

The use of biometrics can improve passenger experience by eliminating the standard need for pat downs. It may improve the processing times and allow for greater efficiency in airport security bottleneck areas. Biometrics analyzes both physical and behavioral characteristics. Furthermore, it is authentic to individuals. This year the security team will present research about the possibility of multi-modal biometrics being implemented as a single border control check at airports of the future. The possibilities are endless!

Security Speakers


Moderator – Maikel van den Ham

Maikel van den Ham will lead the panel discussion of the safety & security topic. Maikel is currently Safety Engineer at Transavia and is a former student at the Aviation Academy. The participants of the panel discussion: