Travelmatch: "Checkpoint of the Future" to Ease Airport Stress

By Travelmatch, PRNE
Monday, June 13, 2011

LONDON, June 14, 2011 -

Travelmatch Says That
the Checkpoint of the
Unveiled by the
onal Air Transport Association
Will Reduce Stress at the

Airport security is set to change dramatically in the next few
years thanks to the “Checkpoint of the Future”, officially unveiled
last week at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA)
annual meeting. This next generation check-in system will funnel
fliers through a new streamlined security system, this will mean
quicker check-ins for most travellers. Online travel provider href=""> says
this will make going through security at the airport a much less
taxing experience.

Each tunnel of the futuristic looking three-lane checkpoint will
be fitted with screening technology that will allow passengers to
be scanned as they walk through the security without having to
remove clothes, jewellery or unpack their belongings. According to
IATA, for most travellers
security “pat downs” will be a thing of the past as after being
scanned they will be able to walk right through to the departure
lounge without delay.

The new system will also allow travellers to get through
security at a much faster pace. Passengers will be asked to present
their travel documents after which they will be assigned a
passenger “type”. They will be then sent down one of three lanes:
known traveller, normal and enhanced security. Known travellers,
such as pilots and frequent travellers, will have to register and
complete background checks with the authorities before they are
granted expedited access. Normal, yet still speedy, screening would
apply for the majority of travellers who undertake occasional
travel, such as href="">holidays
to Goa or Cyprus. Some passengers will still have to pass
through an additional level of screening in the third tunnel.

Alex Francis of Travelmatch comments: “This announcement from
IATA will be welcomed by frequent fliers who don’t want to spend
most of their time at the airport in queues. Airport security has
become a lengthy process in recent years, and having a system in
place that will allow most travellers to pass through to departures
quickly and conveniently while continuing to improve security
measures is a huge step forward for airports.”

Francis continues: “Airports are beginning to focus on ensuring
that passengers have a good customer experience and Travelmatch
applauds this move as a step in the right direction. Passengers
taking href="">holidays
in 2012 can look forward to improving customer care standards
at the airport and a no-hassle approach to travel. At Travelmatch
we believe that starting a holiday off on the right foot at the
airport makes a big difference to someone’s overall

About Travelmatch:

Travelmatch is a new travel discovery engine that helps inspire
customers by matching their requirements to a wide range of
holidays, hotels, flights, cruises, villas or city breaks. Unlike
other travel sites, customers are not required to choose a
destination, date or budget before they can begin searching.
Customers are able to make informed decisions by exploring photos,
user reviews, maps, events and activities and other fun things
relevant to their chosen travel product. href="">,
which closed its first funding round in 2010, is based in Notting
Hill, London.

Contact Information:Alex Francis, Press Officer, Travelmatch, press at, Newcombe House, 45 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LQ, Tel: +44(0)20-3384-5830

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