Many of today’s airports were designed more than fifty years ago, for a different age and different era, and for a limited smaller-scale population. These days, Airlines have invested in new modern aircrafts, adding more passengers to their existing seating con-figuration. And, together with a growing economy global air passenger traffic growth is expected to continue an upward growth pattern up to 6% year-over-year. On a global scale, passenger air travel is expected to maintain growth rates up to 2030, despite a number of challenges faced by the industry. The forecast for passenger growth confirms that the biggest driver of demand are runways, terminals, security and baggage systems, and regulatory recognition permits of One Stop Security whereby passengers, baggage and/or cargo arriving into an airport do not need to be subjected again to secondary se-curity screening controls.
Despite the positive growth rate in air passenger traffic, the industry faces many chal-lenges, airports have outgrown their physical infrastructure space inside airport termi-nals, many have reached extreme capacity limitations and passenger facilitation areas evolved into congested areas, particular during peak times. Around the world, security continues to be a key concern for the aviation industry. Following the terrorist activities at airports and the security challenges characterized by a complex and continually shift-ing landscape, it has propelled the need for security reforms and amendment of security checkpoint management.
Global Governments are now warning that so-called soft targets in public terminals are a problem. Soft targets are characterized as places terrorists can easily access and blend in and cause large-scale devastation and vulnerability to public area space where pas-sengers congregate, as evidenced by the attacks in Brussels airport that killed almost a dozen would-be flyers waiting at check-in lines; a series of bombs and shootings inside Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that killed dozens; and most recently in Fort Lauderdale, a gun-man killing five before surrendering to police. What’s certain is that these incidents are unpredictable and carried out when airport authorities are caught off-guard, and often resulting in terrible losses of human life.
Smart Security Improvement Assessment (SSIA) offers a multitude of consulting ap-proaches, utilizing a proven methodology that analyzes, measures, evaluate, passenger facilitation, process flow framework, security checkpoint design and configuration. The value of the Smart Security Improvement Assessment (SSIA) has already been recog-nized by industry stakeholders worldwide.