The FAA/NASA/Industry Airport Planning Workshop September 12-13th 2006 has just finishedNASA SimLabs - Airport Planning Workshop.
In this workshop was discussed 'smart' technological solutions to airport capacity and security - this leads to a recent post on the airport of the future:
'he airport of tomorrow might have virtual intelligence agents that check your bags, "smart dust" sensor networks that vet passengers heading through security and commuter pilots who fly the plane from a home office...
Airport screeners, for example, could remotely identify and check in passengers carrying a cell phone or document embedded with an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip. Digital displays in airport terminals could be used to show real-time data on arrivals and departures. They could also be used to change a tarmac color to signify a landing, Evans said.'