Security lines at the airport have been a constant headache and a source of anxiety for years. But now, the TSA is taking new measures to speed up the lines and relieve some of the tension.
TSA will be partnering up with American Airlines to install new screening technology, with the pilot program launching in Phoenix by the end of the year. The starting cost is $5 million.
So just what types of new tech are we looking at? According to the official TSA press release, there will be five new things to expect.
- The bins you put your carry-on bags in will be 25 percent larger.
- The belts running your bags through the X-ray machines will be automated to pull the bags in and return the bins when finished.
- The X-ray images of your bags' insides will also be linked to photos taken of the outside of your bags for easier identification.
- Problematic bags will be filtered through to a separate area for further inspection or action. This way, it won't hold up the line, allowing other bags to go through.
- There will be a RFID tag attached to each bin used to "allow for additional accountability of items."
If the initial tests go well in Phoenix, the next step would be to integrate this technology all over the country. Eventually, the tech could also translate into passengers being able to leave their laptops and liquids inside their bags, which would also cut down a ton of waiting time.
What do you think? How much will this improve the wait times at the airport? Let me know your thoughts by posting in the comments below.
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