Safer Skies: Baggage Screening and Beyond; with Supporting Analyses

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B. Simulation Modeling of Airport
Security Operations1

Simulation modeling provides airports, airlines, and government agencies with a tool for evaluating the performance of new security procedures and equipment prior to implementation. The benefit of a simulation approach is that one can evaluate not only the security process, but also all the up-line and down-line effects that process has on the entire airport. Therefore, simulation modeling is invaluable in developing procedures and equipment plans that achieve the highest levels of security and, to the extent possible, preserve passenger convenience.


Modeling Approach

Computer simulation modeling uses mathematical models to represent the design and operations of airport terminals. Although flow models and other simulation methods exist, the most robust approach is to use stochastic, discreteevent simulation modeling. With this approach, individual entities—such as passengers and baggage—travel through the airport processes all dependencies and interactions between them and those processes being captured as they go.

The simulation logic models both the physical layout of and the rules that govern facility operations. For example, the model includes the travel distance between the ticket counter and the security checkpoint, as well as ticket counter and security checkpoint staffing by time of day, processing rate distribution, and work method. The simulation model is thus a very realistic representation of an operating airport terminal.

Because the objective of simulation modeling is to evaluate system performance, it is critical that accurate passenger and baggage demand be used. A 24-hour, design-day schedule best represents passenger and baggage demand. As the simulation model is executed, the passenger and baggage demand from the design-day schedule flows through the airport system, and passenger terminal and baggage handling system statistics are collected. The model collects

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This discussion of simulation modeling of airport security operations was provided to RAND for inclusion in this paper by TransSolutions, an independent consulting group specializing in the analysis of passenger and baggage flow at airports. TransSolutions has worked at more than 80 percent of the world's largest airports, including 24 of the top 25 airports in the United States. Currently, TransSolutions is helping several airport clients improve the efficiency of security checkpoint areas and planning for 100 percent EDS inspection of all checked baggage.

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  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Table of Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Safer Skies: Baggage Screening and beyond 1
  • Appendix 9
  • A. Analysis of Deployment Requirements for Baggage Scanning Equipment *
  • B - Simulation Modeling of Airport Security Operations 60
  • C - Trusted Traveler Program 63
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