The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and United Airlines have completed a new large 19-lane advanced checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), in New Jersey, US.

Installed at Terminal C of the airport, the new checkpoint features 17 automated security screening lanes and two standard checkpoint lanes.

The new checkpoint lanes are designed to improve and ease the screening process by automating a wide range of functions that were previously conducted manually.

Screening lanes are equipped with stainless steel countertops that allow travellers to place their items in bins simultaneously, and automated conveyor belts that carry bins into the X-ray machines and then return them back to the front of the queue for passengers.

“The opening of our fully redesigned, state-of-the-art checkpoint in Newark continues our commitment to use the latest technology to improve the airport experience for our customers."

The lanes have parallel divestiture rollers used to automatically push alarmed bags to a separate area. The property bins are 25% larger than the bins in standard screening lanes.

The technology also features unique radio frequency identification (RFID) tags that are attached to each bin and cameras that are used to capture photographic and X-ray images of a bag’s contents.

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United Airlines executive vice-president and chief operations officer Greg Hart said: “The opening of our fully redesigned, state-of-the-art checkpoint in Newark – New York’s premier trans-Atlantic gateway – continues our commitment to use the latest technology to improve the airport experience for our customers.”

As part of the project, United Airlines is responsible for providing the initial equipment investment, while TSA handles the proper operational deployment and long-term maintenance of the automated screening lanes.

The first of the new modern checkpoint technology lanes at the airport opened two days before the Thanksgiving holiday in 2016.

Since Thanksgiving, additional automated screening lanes have been installed in phases in order to help EWR handle approximately 60,000 passengers per day who travel out of the New York metropolitan area airport.

Currently, all 19 checkpoint lanes are operational and in use by passengers travelling to and from the US airport.