Security Lines at JFK About to Move Much Faster with Introduction of Automated Screening Lanes

By Paul Riegler on 29 April 2017
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IMG_2174 (1)Two airlines at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, will soon introduce a new design for lanes at Transportation Security Administration security checkpoints that will speed up the lines by at least 30%, the Port Authority announced.

The two carriers are already in the process of installing the required equipment at their terminals at JFK and they should be operational by the end of May. The cost is being underwritten by the airlines.

Often referred to as automated screening lanes, their design allows as many as five passengers at a time to fill bins with belongings in each lane, thereby moving through the process at a quicker pace. To further lessen the wait, the lanes use a conveyor system to automatically return empty bins to the front of the line.

The lanes have automated belts that move bags into the X-ray machines while diverting bags that require further screening, a key feature that allows bins behind them to continue through the screening process uninterrupted.

Overall, the TSA is deploying the new technology at 21 airports. The new lanes are already up and running at Chicago O’Hare International, Los Angeles International, and Newark Liberty International airports.

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