New technology at Hartsfield-Jackson is aimed at making it easier for travelers to get through the security checkpoint in the international terminal. In two of the eight lanes at the international terminal security checkpoint for departing passengers, there are now CT (computed tomography) machines to screen carry-on bags using 3D imagery. That allows travelers to keep their laptops, iPads and quart-sized bags of permitted liquids in the carry-ons that go through screening, instead of having to remove those items and place them in the bin. When announcing plans to roll out the new machines, Transportation Security Administration administrator David Pekoske said the technology “substantially improves TSA’s detection capability at the checkpoint.”-Kelly Yamanouchi

New technology aimed at easing TSA screening at international terminal

New technology at Hartsfield-Jackson is aimed at making it easier for travelers to get through the security checkpoint in the international terminal.

In two of the eight lanes at the international terminal security checkpoint for departing passengers, there are now CT (computed tomography) machines to screen carry-on bags using 3D imagery. That allows travelers to keep their laptops, iPads and quart-sized bags of permitted liquids in the carry-ons that go through screening, instead of having to remove those items and place them in the bin.

When announcing plans to roll out the new machines, Transportation Security Administration administrator David Pekoske said the technology “substantially improves TSA’s detection capability at the checkpoint.”

June 5, 2019 Atlanta - Two new TSA smart lanes at the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson are aimed at making it easier for travelers to get through screening. The new lanes are equipped with CT machines, which allow passengers to keep all items in their bags instead of removing them and putting them into bins. Travelers can keep laptops, ipads and quart bags of permitted liquids in their bags when the bags go through screening. The second-generation smart lanes allow four travelers to load bins at a time, allowing some to take longer to load bins while other move forward through the line. RYON HORNE/RHORNE@AJC.COM
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson was not part of the initial rollout last year. TSA installed the new CT machines after the Super Bowl in Atlanta, which brought records crowds through the airport.

The installation was completed in the spring, and Hartsfield-Jackson is now one of more than 15 airports around the country with the machines. Right now, they are used only at the international terminal, and not at the Atlanta airport’s domestic terminal security checkpoints.

The lanes with the CT machines are also smart lanes that have four stations for passengers to load their carry-ons into bins.

The two new second-generation smart lanes, which are paid for by Delta Air Lines, also address some of the issues that have frustrated frequent travelers who use the smart lanes at the domestic terminal.

At the stations for passengers to load their carry-ons into bins, there are indicator lights below that show when a station is available.

June 5, 2019 Atlanta - Two new TSA smart lanes at the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson are aimed at making it easier for travelers to get through screening. The new lanes are equipped with CT machines, which allow passengers to keep all items in their bags instead of removing them and putting them into bins. The bin-loading area also has lights that indicate when a station is open for a passenger to begin loading a bin. RYON HORNE/RHORNE@AJC.COM
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

After filling a bin, a traveler can immediately push it forward. The bin sits in a middle track, where it is automatically queued onto the conveyor belt. That reduces the need for travelers to jockey for a spot to push their bin onto the moving conveyor belt.

June 5, 2019 Atlanta - A traveler grabs her belongings at the new TSA smart lane at the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Two new TSA smart lanes at the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson are aimed at making it easier for travelers to get through screening. And at the end of screening, passengers can leave their empty bins on the belt instead of stacking them at the end. The new lanes are equipped with CT machines, which allow passengers to keep all items in their bags instead of removing them and putting them into bins. The conveyor belt automatically feeds the empty bins into a stack and shuttles them to the front of the line to be reused. RYON HORNE/RHORNE@AJC.COM
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

At the end of screening, travelers can leave their empty bins on the belt instead of having to stack them at the end. The conveyor belt automatically drops each empty bin onto a stack that is routed back to the start of screening to be reused.

Delta’s senior vice president of airport customer service Gareth Joyce said in a written statement that making the investments to speed up the security process is part of its efforts to “help reduce customers’ stress.”

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