An architect has come out and explained the lack of efficiency in the average airport, which he says is because they’re too large. According to architect Radu Gidei, the more that is going on inside an airport, the more likely it is that one small thing can disrupt everything else.
For his architecture master’s program at UCA Canterbury, Gidei studied airports and designed a new option with a more distributed system.
“Maybe you do security whilst on the train, and you drop your bags before you even get to the train station. Everything is done on your journey towards that airplane, not airport, so by the time you get to the airplane all you have to do is actually walk on board.”
He notes that some airports have already started this type of thing, and that it’s totally possible to do a lot more of it. In Hong Kong for example, there are some “in town check-ins” that allow travelers to drop off their bags and pick up their boarding passes at Airport Express stations, before they get to the airport.
“It’s not something that you need to invent a teleportation device to implement. This can be done today, with technology today. It’s not that far out, it’s just a rethinking of how the system works.”