Bush Intercontinental Airport Unveils Innovative Screening Lanes At Terminal D

The Houston Airports System says one of the goals of the renewed checkpoint is enhancing the security screening process

The Terminal D at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) unveiled this week an innovative and, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), first of its kind set of four automated screening lanes that will enhance the security screening process and also ease the passengers' experience at the terminal.

The lanes are located at the checkpoint operated by officers who work for the TSA.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Thursday, Huban Gowadia, deputy administrator of the TSA, noted that the new lanes will increase both operational efficiency and the passenger experience by automating some of the functions that were previously done manually, according to a news release from the Houston Airports System (HAS).

“We have invested in a design that helps to make us safer while helping to move passengers through the security line more seamlessly,” said on his part HAS director Mario Diaz.

The changes passengers will notice at IAH's Terminal D are that they now have their own area to divest personal items for placement in bins, which allows them to move at their own pace.

Additionally, conveyor belts automatically return bins to the front of the divesting area for passengers. That allows TSA officers to remain focused on detecting threats rather than moving bins to the front of the queue.

A second conveyor belt automatically separates items that pass inspection from those that require a secondary check.

According to the HAS, these features also will help increase flow of passengers through the security checkpoint.

The cost of the security lane system is $3.9 million.

There are more than 100 automated screening lanes operating across the nation, but this is the first of its kind deployed in the United States.

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