All of us that travel by flying have to endure the TSA line. One of the most despised federal agencies has devised a way to help speed up the screening process. One way is the TSA Pre-Check which I have taken advantage of and I feel that it was money well spent. Just this past May, we were able to leapfrog a very long at LAX to make our Southwest flight to Phoenix.
TSA has installed conveyor belt type of bag screening process at McCarren International, O’Hare International, John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, and Los Angeles International Airports.
At Terminal 3, passengers on Hawaiian Airlines and other airlines will see a new system in place that :
- Stainless steel countertops designed specifically to enable several passengers to place their items in bins simultaneously;
- Automated conveyor belts that move bins into the X-ray machine tunnel and return the bins to the front of the security checkpoint;
- Automatic diversion of any carry-on bag that may contain a prohibited item; this diversion to a separate location allows other bins containing other travelers’ belongings to continue through the screening process uninterrupted;
- Bins that are 25 percent larger than a typical bin and are able to hold a roll-aboard bag;
- Unique Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that are attached to each bin, allowing for additional accountability of a traveler’s carry-on property as they move throughout the security screening process;
- Cameras that capture photographic images of the contents of each bin and are linked side-by-side to the X-ray image of a carry-on bag’s contents.
Will this speed things up? Not sure yet as this was just debuted at McCarren International on Aug. 31, 2017.