New security system to tackle terror on airlines

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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London, Jun 29: Oops, you are watched by Big Brother! A new security system is being developed to tackle terror threats on flights.

The new system will monitor every move of airline passengers including conversations, unusual behaviour or events, unattended luggage or an individual going against the crowd flow and all this information would be analysed by computer and if it spotted something untoward, the flight deck would be told instantly.

Experts at Reading University are working on to develop this new software to detect suspicious behaviour of passengers on board aircraft with the help of a combination of cameras, microphones, explosive sniffers and a sophisticated computer system.

"The focus of the project is to develop a software which can spot a genuine threat. We want to avoid saying that nervous passengers are potential terrorists," said the research team head James Ferryman.

"What we are doing is extending the technology already used at airports and railway stations and placing it on an aircraft," he added.

The research is being funded by the EU Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment (SAFEE) project.

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