Bush Intercontinental Airport Unveils New Automated Security System

Lots of international travelers will pass through IAH this summer and officials hope the new system will help get them through security quicker. We went to the airport to check it out.

That automated system is now in operation at Bush's Terminal E and it's similar to the one installed in Terminal D earlier this year.


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It features a conveyor belt where bins pop up automatically. That means travelers don't have to grab one from the top of the stack.

"So it's not one person at a time," said Rodney Cox, Vice-President of United Airlines Houston Operations. "It's multiple people at a time through many stations now. And so it's just much quicker, much more efficient."

Cox added that the conveyer system will allow TSA agents to divert a bag to a separate area if they want to look inside.

"The new process allows the person in front of you if they are stopped and they need to have their baggage screened, for the people behind you to continue on through the process and not have to stop and wait," explained Cox.

Airport officials say the conveyor system will also help passengers keep an eye on their bags as they go through the x-ray machine, avoiding what they call "separation anxiety."


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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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