The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) have deployed new automated screening lanes at Midway International Airport.
The two organisations worked in close collaboration to install the new lanes as part of the US airport’s security checkpoint upgrade project.
The project also aims to bolster the security of the airport before the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.
The new and advanced checkpoint technology will help improve security efficiency at Midway Airport while decreasing the time spent by passengers at the checkpoint lanes during the screening process.
CDA commissioner Ginger S. Evans said: “Partnering with the TSA, Midway will continue to offer a safe and secure travel experience for all of our passengers heading out or returning home for the holidays this season.
“The department of aviation is pleased to bring forward investments like these that will ensure continued efficiency in security screening for our passengers today and as we prepare for growing traveller volumes in the years ahead.”
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Last year, TSA installed a similar checkpoint screening technology at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
The security upgrade at the airport will provide more efficient screening processes at the lanes using automated features that would enable TSA officers to oversee more capacity while ensuring the highest level of security.
Also, Midway International will see the construction of a new 80,000ft2 security pavilion that will double the hourly screening capacity of the airport.
Slated to be completed in 2019, the facility will further enhance efficient screening times for all passengers at the airport.
In addition, TSA has commenced the implementation of new carry-on baggage security procedures at Denver International Airport that would require passengers to place all electronic items larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes.