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January 9, 2019updated 25 Jan 2019 10:26am

Travelling while trans: we unpick the issues at airport security, and more, in the latest issue of AIR

In this issue: respecting trans rights at security, Single European Sky updates, discussing airport sustainability with NATS, prepping for a hydrogen future and more

By Eva Grey

In our first issue of the new year, we turn our attention to a delicate but pervasive problem in global air transportation, namely the issue of treating transgender passengers with respect. We thus set out to find out training and management needs to take place, particularly at the security gates, to ensure all passengers are treated fairly.

In sustainability, UK air traffic management service NATS tells us more about its first in-house sustainability programme in the world, and we explore where hydrogen could be used at airports, as the resource is increasingly being used in the aviation space.

We also catch up with the progress of the Single European Sky project, and find out what airlines really do require from an airport, looking at Shannon Airport, three-time winner of the Airport of the Year award.

Read the issue in full here.

In this issue

Travelling while trans: gender issues at airport security The issue of treating transgender travellers with dignity at airport security has reared its head several times in the last few years, amid a series of humiliating or distressing experiences of transgender passengers who felt they were harassed or misgendered by security staff. What training and management needs to take place to ensure all passengers are treated fairly? Adele Berti reports. Read the article here.

What do airlines expect of their airports: a lesson from Shannon Airport Shannon Airport picked up Airport of the Year at the recent European Region Airline Association’s awards in recognition of its runway renewal project which was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. Ross Davies reviews the Irish hub’s success and asks the broader question: what do today’s airlines expect of their airports? Read the article here.

Single European Sky: can digitalisation improve air traffic in Europe? The Single European Sky initiative was launched almost 15 years ago as part of the European Commission’s attempt to improve air traffic management, but has so far failed to deliver on its targets. For industry stakeholders, the key to making it succeed lies in digitalisation, Adele Berti found out. Read the article here.

Reducing commercial aviation’s environmental footprint with NATS NATS was the first ASNP to introduce its own sustainability programme and was recently recognised for its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of aviation. Julian Turner talks to Ian Jopson, head of environmental affairs, about making commercial aviation a net zero emission industry by 2050. Read the article here.

How can AI help speed up airport security? Against a backdrop of stringent security rules, how is AI helping to boost throughput in this all-important aspect of airport operations? Joe Baker finds out. Read the article here.

Prepping for a hydrogen future Aviation projects are exploring the potential of hydrogen in and around airports, and even across the airways. Elliot Gardner looks at where hydrogen could be used in aviation and whether this cleaner fuel source has a future in the sector. Read the article here.

Next issue | February 2019

Towards the beginning of last year, we covered Turkey’s Istanbul New Aiport, the city’s new destination for commercial flights and ultimately, the world’s biggest airport. However its inauguration in autumn was marred by a bitter dispute over workers’ rights during the arduous contrustion project. We go back to investigate the alleged human rights violations that might have taken place on site.

In the UK, we look at the role social media can play in an aviation crisis, in light of Gatwick’s recent troubles, and round up five exciting airport designs for the future, recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale.

Finally, plummeting satisfation rates among New York’s airport passengers make us ask: why exactly are the city’s airports so bad? And of course, the subpar experience of these passengers comes in contrast with many other airports which are now incorporating apps and niche services to sell the ‘VIP experience’ to a wider range of customers.

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