I am currently traveling so I’ve decided to do my sensor walk through Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport. When I got out of the cab, the first sensor I ran into was a ticketing kiosk at the SkyCap station on the curb where my bag was checked. It used information collected from swiping my credit card to determine my identity and look up my flight information. The machine also used a touch screen to verify my birthdate, my gender, how many bags I was checking and other such information.
After checking my bags at the curb, I was ready to enter the building. I was met with an automatic door that slid to the side when I was within entering proximity to it.
I then went through security. I put all of my stuff (wallet, carry on bag, belt, shoes, etc.) into plastic bins which went through a x-ray machine. I myself walked through a metal detector. I asked that a large hard drive I was carrying be hand checked but they refused – too bad, I wanted them to use the radiation detection system they spent so much money on. I did, however, get pictures. They were not impressed at my penchant for photo taking but I didn’t much care because they are a collection of ass-clowns.
Before I boarded the plane, I used the restroom which had a proximity sensing toilet that automatically flushed itself.
The sink also had a proximity measuring sensor that turned the flow of water on when I placed my hands underneath it. I tried bashing the faucet furiously as an experiment – it didn’t work. At least, not as well as simply putting my hands under the faucet without making contact.
When it was time to board the plane, the attendant took my ticket and used some sort of black magic, no doubt, to scan the bar code on it and collect and verify some information.
I had finally arrived at my seat to find a panel with a couple interesting things on it. Above my seat there was a call button for the flight attendants, a knob that when turned blew air from itself and another button that lit up and illuminated an overhead light for reading, writing or some other nefarious act.