Smart Security

Formerly known as ACI "Better Security" and IATA "Checkpoint of the Future", Smart Security is now a joint program between ACI and IATA.

The Problem

Today’s passenger and cabin baggage security screening works, but at great cost to authorities, to the airline industry, and to passengers. Given the predicted growth in air travel, continuously evolving security threats, and passengers being increasingly dissatisfied with queues and intrusive measures, the industry agrees that today’s model is not sustainable in the long term.

The Vision 

A continuous journey from curb to airside, where passengers proceed through security with minimal inconvenience, where security resources are allocated based on risk, and where airport facilities can be optimized.

In the videos below you will hear from Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA and Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI-World, on what the program hopes to achieve and how it will evolve over the coming years as well as gaining a glimpse into some innovations already being implemented at airports today.



The Solution


The vision will be achieved through the introduction of risk-based security concepts, advanced screening technologies, and process innovation. With these elements in combination, Smart Security seeks to deliver:

  • Strengthened security –  Focus resources based on risk, increase unpredictability, make better use of existing technologies, and introduce new technologies with advanced capabilities as they become available
  • Increased operational efficiency –  Increase throughput, optimize asset utilization, reduce cost per passenger, and maximize space and staff resources.
  • Improved passenger experience –  Reduce queues and waiting times and use technology for less intrusive and time consuming security screening.


While the Smart Security program sets a vision for the longer term, many Smart Security concepts and solutions are available today. Over the past few years, they have been tested and evaluated in partnership with governments, airports, airlines, and solution providers. Airports, including Geneva, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, and London Gatwick, are amongst those leading the way, with many more now looking at how Smart Security concepts can be incorporated into their operations.


More information on these components and solutions can be found in the Smart Security flyer.

For further information on the program or to get involved, please contact the Smart Security team at smartsecurity@aci.aero or smartsecurity@iata.org.

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ACI World seeking
airport secondee with
security experience
ACI World is seeking an airport secondee with security experience to work with the
Security Department for a 1–2 year term. Responsibilities will include the development of
guidance material, participation in ICAO activities and assistance with the APEX programme.
For more information, please contact Nina Brooks at nbrooks@aci.aero.