The TSA is Testing Self-Service Security Screening at Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport

by Anthony Losanno
TSA Las Vegas Self Service

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If you dream of never having to speak to another Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent when traveling, your wish may soon come true. The TSA is currently testing a new self-service screening prototype at Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS).

The new technology is being developed with the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). TSA PreCheck® passengers at what is dubbed the TSA’s Innovation Checkpoint will be the first travelers to have the option to use the new system starting this month. The self-service screening system is a prototype technology that was designed, developed, and tested in a laboratory setting at the TSA Systems Integration Facility in Arlington, VA. The system has a video monitor that provides step-by-step instructions for passengers to finish their screening. Once passengers have completed the required screening process and are cleared for travel an automated exit door will open and allow passengers to gather their belongings and go to their gate. Transportation Security Officers (TSO) will still be on hand to assist when needed.

TSA Administrator, David Pekoske, said:

We are constantly looking at innovative ways to enhance the passenger experience, while also improving security. This self-service prototype allows our trusted travelers to complete the screening process at their own pace. Testing at the Innovation Checkpoint in Las Vegas gives us an opportunity to collect valuable user data and insights, and explore opportunities to apply parts of the prototype to other airport security checkpoints. I am grateful for our partners in S&T and LAS airport, who were critical in bringing this vision to reality.”

During the live trial period, TSA will collect passenger feedback and data on the system’s performance, design, cybersecurity, human factors, and other variables to future iterations.

Anthony’s Take: I like this in concept, but fear that it will roll slowly in the beginning as people will be confused, move slowly, and this could end up taking longer. We’ll see when and if it rolls out fully.

(Featured Image Credit: ABC News.)

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