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Fly Your Ideas: Cyber Security Challenge

Oct 16, 2018

How can Airbus help the airline industry to securely and seamlessly authenticate travellers while minimising the impact on passengers, air security and airline operations?

Checking and authenticating passenger identity is a major concern for airborne public transportation. It is an essential part of the customs process as well as airport security, luggage management and aircraft safety. Checking and authentication are needed to sell plane tickets and services such as lounge access, priority boarding and inflight entertainment services – or simply so the cabin crew can ensure every passenger is onboard and in the right seat.

These very different processes rely on authentication using passports, ID cards, loyalty cards or credit cards and involve multiple checks. Cumulatively, this impacts passenger journey quality and uses valuable airline, airport and customs resources.

Fly Your Ideas students have an opportunity to refresh this cumbersome, time-consuming process. Air transportation needs simple, fast and secure authentication from ticket purchase to arrival at the traveller’s final destination.

New solutions could be a specific token, a smartphone app, an online service – or something else. “Fly Your Ideas is a unique opportunity for us at Airbus Security,” says Airbus head of security and challenge sponsor Dr Pascal Andrei. “Behind the buzzword, cybersecurity is a global matter that touches everyone in their personal and professional lives. The contest will enable us to benefit from the daring ideas of ingenious minds.”

Finally, what advice would Pascal have for students interested in this challenge? “Don’t limit yourself because you are not studying cyber-security, nor a security expert,” he says. “Think of what you would appreciate as a traveller, then think about the cyber-security implications.”

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