The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and United Airlines have together launched new automated security screening lanes at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C in the US.

The lanes incorporate checkpoint technology that improves security effectiveness and decrease the time spent by travellers in security screening by up to 30%.

TSA New Jersey federal security director Thomas Carter said: “Our main priority is to protect passengers travelling out of Newark Liberty in an evolving threat environment.

“Collaborating with United Airlines has been an important step in enhancing the traveller experience here at Newark while always maintaining effective security.”

The first of 17 automated screening lanes has already been deployed and the remaining lanes will be installed and put to operational use in the coming weeks.

“Our main priority is to protect passengers travelling out of Newark Liberty in an evolving threat environment."

Earlier this month, TSA and United opened automated screening lanes in Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

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United Airlines executive vice-president and chief operations officer Greg Hart said: “As the first and only US-based airline to launch automated screening lanes in multiple airports, United continues its commitment to using the latest technology to meet the changing needs of our customers and improve the airport experience.”

Several features offered by the new lanes have been designed to improve the screening of travellers by automating various functions that were earlier conducted manually.

New additions include stainless steel countertops to enable several passengers to place their items in bins simultaneously; automated conveyor belts; carry-on bags that trigger an alarm warning of a potential threat.

Other features are unique radio frequency identification (RFID) tags attached to each bin to allow for additional accountability of a traveller’s items; and cameras that capture photographic images of the contents of each bin.

Image: Newark Liberty International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Fan Railer.