Americans don’t really seem to care about economic competition when it comes to ensuring safety at U.S. airports. Things are different in Europe as we all know, but if Google has developed the best computer algorithms to identify concealed weapons in airport checkpoint body scanners in the U.S., wouldn’t the rest of the world want to do the same? Not so, I’m afraid. Those “wild and crazy” European Union officials are more concerned about Google’s business practices on their continent and want to exact some hefty fines that will delay many proven screening techniques in airports throughout Europe. I am not making this up!
So in the land of the free and the brave, we have industry-wide contests to select winners in developing the best body-scanning technology to identify concealed weapons on airline travelers. A $1.5 million contest to be exact, run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It’s all about artificial intelligence for which the U.S. seems to be taking the lead in a large number of technological screening endeavors. For the rest of the world, this may all seem too “robotic”, but let’s face it, we need to make some changes quickly for safety’s sake The world’s traveling population is growing astronomically, and we need to rely more on available technological resources. We don’t need more “friendly skies”; we need more vigilance that technolgy can provide whereever we may be on land or in the skies. European resistance for the sake of a “level economic playing field” is misguided.
Please trust me, I am not advocating that America has all answers for airline safety world-wide. But I do believe that we can help in making airline travel safer wherever you may be traveling.