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TSA PreCheck members might soon be able to go through security without ever having to speak to an agent as self-service screening technology will roll out a test at Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) next month. These automated lanes will hopefully provide an even quicker and more seamless security experience.
The pilot program from Vanderlande Industries Inc. will only be available to TSA PreCheck members as they have already undergone background checks and are seen to be lower risk than the general traveling public as a result. If successful, this will roll out at more airports.
Vanderlande’s PAX MX2, combines the company’s Automated Screening Lane carry-on bag conveyance system with new and existing Transportation Security Equipment to create four integrated stations in one checkpoint lane. Each station includes a video monitor to provide instructions and a help button that connects to a live agent if needed. This prototype also includes automated entry and exit doors.
Another self-service kiosk will be tested in 2025. Micro-X is developing individual, self-screening pods. These would work as follows: passengers’ carry-on luggage will be screened . They’ll then empty their pockets and then walk through the detectors. Once deemed clear, a gate will open and passengers can retrieve their belongings. If not, the system lets the passenger know if additional screening is needed. A second Micro-X effort centers around a small Computed Tomography (CT) X-ray system for a compact carry-on self-screening solution.
Anthony’s Take: Being able to speed through with an automated lane sounds good to me. It will be interesting to see if this makes CLEAR obsolete.
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