United Airlines to offer automated security lanes

Published on : Thursday, July 21, 2016

United AirlinesUnited Airlines has teamed up with the Transportation Security Administration with an aim to improve the speed of the security screening process in busy airports including Los Angeles and Chicago O’ Hare.


At least five passengers would be able to place their bags inside bins for screening. This would permit fast travellers to move quickly to allow full-body scanners and metal detectors to do their work.


The automatic conveyor belt would transport the empty bins to the start of the queue minimizing the tasks of the staffers who would otherwise have to carry them manually. Electronic tags attached to the bins are linked to every traveller and the system would photograph each bin.


These automated screens save screening time at least by 30% as compared to traditional checkpoints, said Peter Neffenger, Administrator, TSA. He added that the authorities would install 60 automated screening lanes in airports within the end of this year.


United Airlines is also planning to partner with TSA in order to install TSA Precheck enrollment centers at different locations. Such centers would also be built on Willis Tower at Chicago.


Greg Hart, chief operations officer, United Airlines said that the airline organization have been coordinating with TSA to offer a superior quality of air travel to customers. He also said that United Airlines would turn to the latest technology to ensure that their customers enjoy their air travel experience.


This decision has been made at a time when airports and TSA have been thinking of ideas to steer clear of long security lines at airports. Airliners have stated that a large number of air travellers have ended up missing their flights on account of the long security queues at airports that sometimes continue for two hours or more.


United Airlines is the third amongst the large air carriers of US that plays an active role in mitigating the long security wait.


Delta and American Airlines have been making efforts to finance the automated security lanes. The cost of the new initiatives that have been planned is estimated to be in millions, as per Jon Roitman, SVP, airport operations, United Airlines.


The collaboration of TSA and United Airways would start operations at Newark. According to United Airways, there would be 17 automated security lanes at Terminal C’s security checkpoint. United Airways has been planning to install automated lanes at Los Angeles and Chicago O’ Hare within the year 2017.


The airlines company has stated that besides establishing security lanes, it has also been modifying the design of checkpoints at different airports.



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