San Francisco International Airport unveiled new state-of-the-art checkpoint technology


29 November 2018

On 14 November 2018, San Francisco International Airport (SFO), CA, jointly with the US TSA and United Airlines, unveiled new state-of-the-art checkpoint technology ahead of the holiday travel season. Located in SFO’s Terminal 3 (T3), the new automated screening lanes incorporate technology that enhances security while offering improved efficiency at security checkpoints. The new lanes are designed to improve the screening of passengers by automating many of the functions that were previously performed manually. The advanced screening system allows passengers to move faster and more efficiently through the security checkpoints. The technology includes stainless steel countertops that enable several passengers to place their items in bins simultaneously, reducing the need to stand in line; bins that are 25% larger than those in standard screening lanes; automated conveyor belts that draw bins into the X-ray machines and subsequently return the bins to the front of the queue for passengers; RFID tags that are attached to each bin to allow for additional accountability of a passenger’s items as they transit throughout the security process; and cameras that capture photographic images of the contents of each bin, which are linked side-by-side to the X-ray image of a bag’s contents.

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