TSA Unveils Self-Screening Security Lanes

New program is initially being tested only in Las Vegas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 7, 2024 7:06 AM CST
TSA Unveils Self-Screening Security Lanes
A TSA official demonstrates new screening equipment at Harry Reid International Airport, Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Ty ONeil)

Federal airport security officials unveiled passenger self-screening lanes Wednesday at busy Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, with plans to test it for use in other cities around the country, the AP reports. The Transportation Security Administration checkpoint—initially only in Las Vegas, only for TSA PreCheck customers, and only in English—incorporates a screen with do-it-yourself instructions telling people how to smoothly pass themselves and their carry-on luggage through pre-flight screening with little or no help from uniformed TSA officers. TSA officials say they want to avoid patdowns and allow passengers to move through the process at their own pace, without feeling rushed.

Instead of a boxy belt-fed device using a stack of gray trays, the futuristic-looking baggage and personal belongings inspection system looks like a scaled-down medical MRI machine. It uses an automated bin return that sanitizes trays with germ-killing ultraviolet light between users. Travelers step into a separate clear glass body scanning booth with a video display inside showing how to stand when being sensed with what officials said is the type of "millimeter wave technology" already in use around the country. A reporter found it sensitive enough to identify a forgotten handkerchief in a pocket. He did not have to remove his shoes. (More on the new system here.)

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