Submitting Campus

Central & South America

Student Status



Graduate Student Works

Advisor Name

Dr. Peter O'Reilly


The recommendation of this Research Project is to implement the precheck program at 10 Airports in Brazil with more than 5 million passengers a year. The passengers’ satisfaction, security improvement and OPEX savings would be a reality.

The expectation of OPEX savings at these 10 Airports are R$ 3.360.000,00 per year, (US$ 634.000,00) due to the possibility of using the current infrastructure and yet, reduce one Protection Agent per inspection module, per airport.

The research topic was to understand the feasibility of implementing the precheck security process in Brazil Airports. Using the U.S. benchmark, and the current Brazilian legislation, GYN Airport (3.2 million passengers per year) was used to measure the current standard inspection time and to simulate a controlled precheck inspection. 402 passengers were observed in the standard process. This sample size had an average of 66.9 seconds of inspection time. The precheck simulation had an average of 16.7 seconds, considering a sample of 59 volunteers.

One of the most stressful processes in the Airport experience is the Security Inspection. Huge lines, removal of personal items and pat down are examples of what makes the process a moment of anxiety, besides the worry of missing the flight. To expedite this process the TSA PreCheck® was created. Considering a risk assignment of the applicants, the precheck guarantees a major benefit of waiting less than 5 minutes in line. In addition, the precheck passengers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, and light jackets. The program has 11 million passengers registered in the U.S, representing 6.8% of the air travelers. There is no program like this in Brazil.

Document Type



Sao Paulo, Brazil

Additional Information

This Capstone Project was prepared and approved under the direction of the Group’s Capstone Project Chair, Dr. Peter E. O’Reilly It was submitted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Aviation Management Certificate Program.