The International Air Transport Association is hoping that its Checkpoint of the Future will make traveling more efficient and smooth at airports around the world. The program, which is based on putting fliers into three categories -- know traveler, normal and enhanced risk -- has begun trials and could be finalized by 2020.
Ryanair is considering trans-Atlantic routes if it can secure enough planes, said CEO Michael O'Leary. "There is an opportunity with the EU-U.S. open skies to, on a fairly big scale, connect 15-20 European cities with 15 of the big U.S. cities almost from day one. But you need a fleet of 30, 40, 50 aircraft and not two, four or six," said O'Leary.
FlightView is enabling fliers at Tampa International Airport in Florida to keep an eye on how far their plane is from the gate with Flight-In-Sight. The program shows on a map where the arriving plane is.
Thales has demonstrated flat-screen displays for planes that feature eye-tracking and gesture-control capabilities. "The model here is you're sitting in a first-class seat and you're able to control the system from a long way away," said Stuart Dunleavy of Thales.