Airports Council International (ACI) World, the trade association of the world’s airports, has relaunched its transformative Smart Security programme.

The programme aims to improve passenger and cabin baggage screening at airports across the globe.

ACI forecasts suggest that demand for air services will double by 2034. In preparation to meet this demand, airports will improve security, efficiency and facilitation across the entire passenger journey.

The relaunched ACI-led Smart Security programme combines innovation and collaboration between global airports, regulators and airlines, as part of its 2040 vision.

ACI’s 2040 vision will define the future of passenger and cabin baggage screening by identifying improvements and solutions to be introduced at airports.

ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said: “The ACI Vision 2040 for Smart Security will guide change in the way passenger screening is operated and perceived, which will help airports meet the forecast increases in air services demand while providing a better customer experience in a sustainable way.

“Vision 2040 will transform the traditional checkpoint by exploring concepts such as off-airport screening, stand-off detection and seamless walk-through security processes.

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“As we work towards delivering this vision, the continued security of aviation is our primary concern. We will take a risk and evidence-based approach to our work based on global cooperation and information sharing.”

The new Smart Security programme sets a vision for the future, while many Smart Security concepts are currently available and being implemented in daily airport operations.

Through the programme, ACI works with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its Working Group on Innovation in Aviation Security to drive change in the aviation industry.

The association has also launched a new visual identity for the Smart Security programme to reflect its new vision.

In January this year, ACI urged the aviation industry, governments and law enforcement agencies to take collective measures to protect aircraft and airports from drones.