The University of Luxembourg and airport operator Lux-Airport have announced that they have tested a new security system that could allow passengers and airport operators to avoid random searches and long queues.

Would you be "reduced", "normal" or "increased"? This isn't about your preferences for your next trip but the kind of security monitoring and inspection you will be forced to deal with inside an airport

The European Flysec consortium, which includes the University of Luxembourg and Lux-Airport, has developed a new high technology security system over the past three years. It involves analysing passenger behaviour within the airport as well their reservation profile to separate them into groups based on their "reliability" or level of security risk. Once divided, the passengers are directed towards a reduced, normal or increased inspection.


After three years of development, the system was tested in a larger scale environment: Findel Airport. As many as 100 actors were asked to act like passengers on the move and were scrutinised by special sensors set up in the building.

By observing the inspections of airline ticket, the checking of reservations and the profiles of infrequent travellers as well as people's movements, the system is able to alert the airport's staff about any suspicious behaviour inside the airport.

According to its designers, the system's main advantage is to put an end to "long queues" and "stringent security measures, which are both sources of discontent for passengers and involve high costs." For the passenger, the pathway from the airport entrance to boarding the aircraft can be navigated using a mobile app.

The system is considered ready for "a real application" and will allow airports to absorb the increasing number of travellers without being overwhelmed.