If you're flying this Christmas season, you're probably already dreading the hassle at the airport. The biggest annoyance, of course, is airport security. It's a huge inconvenience to load your shoes, carry-on and personal belongings into the trays for the X-ray machine. And it creates huge lines.
A company called Qylatron in California thinks it has a solution. Its Qylatron Entry Experience Solution unit has already been trialed in Rio de Janeiro, Disneyland Paris and Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, with positive feedback. So, what makes this machine so unique?
The Qylatron is a group of five stacked lockers. Travelers simply put their bags into the locker and it scans them with X-rays, chemical sniffers and other scanners that go beyond traditional screening. If there are no problems, travelers can pick up their bags on the other side of the lockers.
The idea is that instead of a single bag being scanned at a time, you can do five at once. In general, it can handle 10 travelers per minute or 600 per hour. According to the company, it also reduces theft risk because the bags are in an enclosed locker rather than an open tray.
There's no information on how much it would cost to install these at airports, or how much time they would really save travelers. And as long as travelers still have to take off shoes and other items, and worry about nail clippers and liquids, security is still going to be a big inconvenience. It might be that these would work better in non-travel situations such as theme parks where security is strictly focused on bags.