The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed new automated screening lanes at Terminal 3 in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).
The new technology helps improve efficiency at the airport's security checkpoints, as well as reducing the time required to carry out the screening process for each traveller.
TSA Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis acting assistant administrator Steve Karoly said: “To meet the challenges of an evolving security threat environment, TSA and its industry partners need to continuously adapt screening technologies, processes and systems.
“The automated screening lanes that are now in use at McCarran will improve effectiveness and efficiency in the security checkpoint, while also enhancing the passenger experience.”
Currently, the TSA has installed three automated screening lanes at the airport.
The automated lanes are equipped with a wide range of new features that include stainless-steel countertops, which allow several passengers to place their items in trays.
In addition, automated conveyor belts move trays into the X-ray machine tunnel and return them to the front of the security checkpoint.
The technology also allows for the automatic diversion of any hand luggage that might contain prohibited items. This enables other trays to continue moving through the screening process uninterrupted.
Trays on the lanes are 25% larger than the previous models and can be used to hold a roll-aboard bag.
Unique radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are attached to each tray in order to ensure additional accountability of a passenger’s carry-on property as they move throughout the screening process.
Furthermore, the security lanes are installed with cameras that capture photographic images of the contents of each tray and are linked side-by-side to the X-ray image of the contents of a traveller’s hand luggage.