Las Vegas McCarran Airport trials new TSA screening technology

5 September 2019 (Last Updated September 5th, 2019 11:34)

US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) to test its latest airline security platform.

Las Vegas McCarran Airport trials new TSA screening technology
The enhanced Advanced Imaging Technology has an open design that allows travellers to have a more relaxed stance with arms at their side instead of over their heads. Credit: TSA

US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) to test its latest airline security platform.

The technology will be tested in the Innovation Checkpoint area, which is located at Terminal 3 of the airport.

The checkpoint will be used to carry out side-by-side testing and evaluations of developing security technologies.

TSA said that the trial will be conducted in a live checkpoint environment without affecting the airport’s operations.

Data obtained from the test will be used to develop new technologies that aim to improve security effectiveness.

TSA assistant administrator for requirements and capabilities analysis Austin Gould said: “The Innovation Checkpoint at McCarran International Airport is an exciting initiative that provides TSA with the unique opportunity to demonstrate multiple solutions and capabilities by various vendors in one physical environment without interrupting current airport operations.

“Our long-term vision is that this checkpoint will serve as an innovative sandbox for the entire agency to demonstrate new strategies and solutions that will ultimately increase security effectiveness, heighten the passenger experience and deliver enhanced capabilities to our frontline personnel.”

The checkpoint currently has four fully equipped screening lanes and will evaluate technologies covering all facets of the passenger security screening experience.

The Innovation Checkpoint will feature new digital signage used by TSA to display key travel information and reminders, including screening procedures and estimated wait times.

It will be equipped with a credential authentication technology unit, which will scan the authenticity of travel documents, as well as computer tomography scanners to screen cabin baggage and enhanced advanced imaging technology (eAIT) for body scanning.