Denver International Airport is one of the first airports in the country to start using automated screening lanes at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. The state-of-the-art technology is meant to improve airport safety and move travelers through security more efficiently.
TSA is testing out the new security system as part of the Great Hall renovation within the airport. There are two automated screening lanes in the current security area, which will be operational until the renovation is complete and security is relocated.
Here’s what travelers can expect:
- Fewer interruptions: The conveyor is set to automatically divert bags that may contain prohibited items.
- Larger bins: The bins for the automated conveyors are 25% bigger than the current standard bins and can hold a rolling carry-on.
- More available bins: The system is automated to return used bins back to the back of the line.
- More space: Stainless steel tables will allow multiple passengers to prepare bins at the same time.
- Improved accountability: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags on each bin will help increase the accountability of a traveler’s items as they move through security.
At this time, the automated screening lanes will not impact the TSA Precheck lanes or Global Entry, said Emily Williams, communications manager for the airport. The Precheck lane will remain separate until renovations are complete.
Once security is moved, TSA Precheck will continue to have a designated lane per the TSA schedule. All security lanes after the renovation will utilize the automated screening lanes. The airport estimates the new TSA screening areas will be fully operational by the end of 2020. The entire Great Hall renovation is expected to be complete by late 2021.
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