San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the US has confirmed plans to improve and expand the security screening checkpoints at its Mayor Edwin M Lee International Departures Hall.

Under the plan, the departures hall will receive additional lanes, queuing space and recompose areas.

The checkpoints are expected to offer 33% additional screening lanes, while also providing an improved, smooth security experience to travellers.

Airport Director Ivar C Satero said: “As we continue to elevate the quality of all facilities at SFO, we are excited to launch this project to improve the security screening experience in the Mayor Edwin M Lee International Departures Hall.

“This project will both improve the current process while also paving the way for future improvements and innovations in security screening.”

SFO’s international passenger numbers have increased by 46% over the previous five years. The Mayor Edwin M Lee International Departures Hall features two security checkpoints, one that serves Gates A1 to A15 and another allocated for Gates G1 to G14.

The second checkpoint is connected to Terminal 3 by a post-security connecting walkway.

During the construction phase, construction walls will be erected in front of the existing security checkpoints at the hall.

The information booths and SFO Museum exhibits will be moved to provide a larger area for the increased pre-security queuing.

Along with the lateral expansion, the project is expected to double the area of each security checkpoint.

It is expected to be completed by February next year and will feature ten security screening lanes in each of the new checkpoints.

In addition, the airport will also install traditional lanes once the hall reopens. The project allows for these lanes to be converted into automated screening lanes (ASLs), which are currently being deployed in the Harvey Milk Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of the airport.

This move is part of SFO’s $152m project to improve its international terminal facility.

Last August, SFO announced a ban on single-use plastic water bottles as part of its zero-waste initiative.