The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has completed the installation of automated security lanes in Terminal 3 (T3) at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport in Nevada.
The checkpoint technology enhances security efficiency while decreasing the amount of time travelers spend during the security screening process. Currently, there are three automated screening lanes installed at the airport.
Steve Karoly, acting assistant administrator for office of requirements and capabilities analysis, TSA, 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.”
Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of aviation, Clark County, said, “The safety and security of everyone at McCarran International Airport is always our top priority. Second only to security is customer service, and we are happy to partner with TSA to explore this new technology that has the potential to improve upon both.”
The automated screening lanes offer several new features designed to improve the screening process for travelers going through the security checkpoint, including stainless-steel countertops designed specifically to enable several passengers to place their items in bins simultaneously; automated conveyor belts that move bins into the x-ray machine tunnel and return the bins to the front of the security checkpoint; automatic diversion of any carry-on bag that may contain a prohibited item; bins that are 25% larger than a typical bin and are able to hold a roll-aboard bag; unique radio frequency identification (RFID) tags that are attached to each bin, allowing for additional accountability of a traveler’s carry-on property as they move throughout the security screening process; and cameras that capture photographic images of the contents of each bin and are linked side-by-side to the x-ray image of a carry-on bag’s contents.