The Best Airport Innovation of 2014 May Already Be in Montreal
It's official: one of the worst airport experiences is simply dealing with security lines. Up in Canada, however, they're looking to alleviate the frustration, as one airport just introduced a timed reservation system for the security check.
All the good stuff is happing at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International, and the new system sounds quite easy to use. Basically, you head over to the airport website, enter your flight number and contact details, and you’ll get a text message confirming a reserved time for a specific security checkpoint. Then it’s all on you to show up during the assigned time, and use that text message like a ticket for access to the SecurXpress priority line.
Even better is that the service is free, and airport officials are likening it to Disney’s FastPass—the theme park’s ride reservation system aimed at cutting down on waiting in line.
For now the SecurXpress system is only available for those traveling on Canadian domestic and select international flights. Due to the pre-clearance stuff involved with flights to the United States, flights over the border between the two countries aren’t an option. Reservations are good for up to five travelers, so feel free to bring your friends and family as well—only one text message required.
It sounds like other airports are already looking into the idea, so don’t be surprised if you see things appear at an airport near you later this year.