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By Beth Bacheldor

TSA, Delta Air Lines Test RFID to Speed Up Screening Process

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Delta Air Lines are testing the use of automation and RFID in two newly designed security lanes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The redesign required a three-week closure that reportedly caused longer-than-normal wait times for passengers moving through TSA checkpoints, but the new system is designed to ease bottlenecks in the security screening process.

The TSA, working with the airport and Delta Air Lines, installed and calibrated new automated security screening lane equipment and is part of a collaborative initiative among the three to develop long-term innovative solutions to enhance security effectiveness with reasonable checkpoint wait times for passengers.

According to articles published in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the two newly designed lanes are modeled after systems used at London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol airports. The system works in conjunction with RFID tags that have been attached to the bins into which airplane passengers place liquids, laptops or other items for the security system to scan. Each lane has five stations at which five different passengers can load bins simultaneously, rather than single lanes that require each passenger to wait for his or her turn before loading a bin. Once the bin is loaded, the traveler pushes it onto the automated conveyor system, which shuttles the bin to the X-ray machine. A lower-level conveyor system transports bins back to the beginning of the lane, eliminating the need for TSA agents to manually carry them back.

If a suspicious item turns up during X-ray screening, the bin is automatically routed to a separate conveyor via the bin's RFID tag. In that way, a TSA officer can then check the items within the bin.

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