Airport Industry Review is back for another issue packed with industry news and analysis. In this issue, we find out why suspending airport slot regulations will be so important for airlines during the coronavirus pandemic, ask whether lie detectors could ever be used at border security, and speak to the CEO of Women in Aviation International about reducing gender bias in aviation recruitment.

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In this issue

Finding the truth: will airports ever use lie detectors at security

Despite being controversial, lie detectors have been considered as an addition to airport security. With trials taking place in the US and the EU, Adele Berti takes a look at the potential of polygraphs and asks if they could be used at border control in the coming years.

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Real-time runway monitoring: ICAO’s new global reporting standard

Later this year, airport operators will be required to assess and report runway conditions using a new methodology developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Ross Davies takes a look at what compliance might mean for hubs, as well as some of the challenges around implementation

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Tackling gender bias with Women in Aviation International

While women make up almost one half of the aviation workforce, some areas are still severely underrepresented with female talent. Frances Marcellin spoke to Women in Aviation International CEO Allison McKay to find out how the non-profit organisation encourages women to pursue aviation careers.

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Inside the UK’s ‘roadmap’ for sustainable aviation

A coalition of British aviation stakeholders recently published a ‘Decarbonisation Roadmap’ that sets out key steps for the industry to become carbon neutral by 2050. The plan is ambitious, but how and where will it get funding, and to what extent does the coronavirus pandemic stand in its way? Adele Berti highlights five talking points from the scheme.

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Inside the ambitious JFK Terminal 4 redevelopment project

As JFK’s Terminal 4 is on the threshold of a massive redevelopment project, Andrew Tunnicliffe looks at what the plans mean, the impact they will have and how they support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s vision for an air hub for the future.

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Airport slot suspensions: easing the pressure for airlines amid Covid-19

Aviation regulators around the world have introduced waivers for airport slot allocation systems, allowing airlines to cancel unnecessary flights without risking their precious slot real estate. How have these relief measures been rolled out around the world, and for how long might they be needed? Chris Lo finds out.

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Scrubbing up: airport hand hygiene could slow pandemics

A study published in December 2019 has revealed the benefits of improved hand-washing practices at airports when it comes to slowing the spread of disease. Amid the unfolding Covid-19 crisis, what role could enhanced hand hygiene at airports play in reducing the number of new cases in the early days of an outbreak? Chris Lo finds out.

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Airport e-gates: could the pandemic save them from the scrapheap?

Over the last few years, airport e-gates have faced public backlash due to frequent technical malfunctions and claims of low accuracy rates. But with Vision-Box now branding e-gates as a potential containment solution against coronavirus, what does the future hold for them? Adele Berti finds out.

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Next issue

Next time, we explore the relief options for airlines being deployed around the world, and ask whether these will be enough to keep the industry afloat. We also sketch a timeline of five major incidents that have had a major impact on airlines in the past and highlight five key employee skills that will need to be cultivated at airports in the future.

Beyond Covid-19, a wave of returning passengers could make airports a much more hectic environment. We take a look at how signage and FIDS equipment has evolved over the years, and identify methods of decreasing passenger stress after the launch of a new ‘well-being’ centre at Helsinki Airport. Also, ridesharing apps may have made outgoing passengers’ lives easier, but what has been their financial impact on airports?

Finally, we explore the challenges facing the cargo industry in a special Q&A feature, and find out why maintenance issues and environmental pitfalls have stopped the ‘heated runway’ concept from getting off the ground.

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