Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and TSA recently unveiled the first five Automated Screening Lanes (ASL) to be installed as part of a $12.3 million project to upgrade 14 lanes in the Tom Bradley International Terminal security checkpoint at Los Angeles International.
The new lane security systems allow up to five travelers to place their items in trays simultaneously and submit them for screening without waiting for the first person to complete the process. Passengers then line up at the body scanner or metal detector.
LAWA noted several benefits of the new lane security:
- The automated conveyor belts draw trays into the X-ray machines and return the empty trays to the front of the line. This eliminates the need to push the tray onto a belt before walking to the body scanner.
- Carry-on bags that trigger an alarm warning of a potential threat automatically are pushed to a separate area to allow trays behind them to continue through the screening process uninterrupted. Any bags that need to be checked can be moved to a table away from the line.
- The property trays are 25 percent larger than the trays in standard screening lanes. They are the size of a bag that can fit in an aircraft’s overhead bin, so they provide additional guidance as to what can be carried onto the plane.
- RFID tags are attached to each tray to allow for additional accountability of a traveler’s items as they travel throughout the security process. A camera takes a photo of the contents of each bin, which is linked side-by-side to the X-ray image of a bag’s contents.
With airports moving more toward automation, Isotec plans on being on the front lines with our own automated lane security solutions.
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