Greenfield terminal security checkpoint design

Airport business need:

EBEA Consulting was tasked with the validation of the security checkpoint design of a greenfield terminal under development. The assessment required confirming the design throughput capacities of the proposed lanes, while also proposing optimum CONOPS to mitigate potential bottlenecks.


Additionally, the scope included identification of minimum lane requirements for various spot years, to maintain queue performance within the target business parameters of performance and contingency.


EBEA Consulting Solution:

In response to the airport’s business need, EBEA developed a  tailored set of analytical tools, designed around the specific operation of the new security checkpoint.

Additionally, and to highlight potential risks to the operation, a series of sensitivities was developed to assess the impacts of:

  • A decrease in the assumed lane performance, i.e. reduction in passenger per hour throughput.

  • Reduction in the number of dedicated lanes available to process various types of passengers.

The analysis obtained the requirements throughout the whole day of operation, which provided an overview of the forecast staff requirements to operate the new checkpoint.


  • Validation of the proposed lane designs and expected passenger throughput (adequacy of design).

  • Identification of potential system bottlenecks, breaking points, and opportunities with recommendations on:

    • Minimum levels of lane manning throughout the whole day of operations (passenger experience).

    • Changes to lane infrastructure to ensure assumed throughput (CAPEX/passenger experience).

    • Potential improvements to lane infrastructure to increase passenger throughput further (CAPEX/passenger experience).

  • Identification of minimum operational requirements to achieve queue time business targets and maintain the queues within the dedicated areas (OPEX/CAPEX/passenger experience).

  • Validation of the final design options to meet forecast demand, while providing system resiliency (value engineering).

  • Identification of operational opportunities to increase roster efficiencies (OPEX efficiency).