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New airport system would scan iris, save time

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SINGAPORE (AP) — An industry group has unveiled plans for an airport security system intended to sharply reduce check-in time.

The International Air Transport Association said at its annual meeting Tuesday that the new system would feature iris scanners to match a passenger's eye to his passport and information chips inside passports to identify passengers who might pose a security risk.

Travelers would pass through one of three 20-foot tunnels and be subject to different degrees of searches depending on the level of security risk.

The system should be in place within five years.

Airlines are seeking ways to win back passengers put off by long and irritating airport security measures.

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