Innovation Lanes airport security checkpoint
Source: Delta Air Lines.

Video: Delta Air Lines Gifts a Great Idea to Airport Security Checkpoint in Atlanta

“D elta gifted the TSA two innovation lanes this week at the airline’s hometown Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The lanes speed up wait times at security by providing five divestment points. An automated bin system keeps empty bins circulating and routes bins that alarm the system to a separate area for inspection, ensuring an ongoing flow of people and bins.”

This is the entire text of this article written by Ashton Morrow of Delta News Hub for Delta Air Lines — which purportedly spent greater than one million dollars on the system and deployed it in fewer than two months in addition to investing up to four million dollars to supplement the staffing of agents of the Transportation Security Administration at 32 airports across the United States — but this video really tells the story.

Delta Air Lines Gifts a Great Idea to Airport Security Checkpoint in Atlanta

Known as innovation lanes, an automated conveyor belt system returns empty bins from the exit of the line back to the entrance of the line, rather than requiring an agent of the Transportation Security Administration to do the task manually. Additionally, the automated conveyor belt system is capable of routing bins which activate alarms to a separate area for inspection, freeing up agents of the Transportation Security Administration to focus on screening rather than the logistics of moving baggage around.

Rather than line up immediately prior to the area of the security checkpoint where the passengers are scanned and processed, there are five areas in each lane known as divestment points which allow up to five passengers to remove their shoes and belongings at their own pace without tying up the line — potentially increasing the speed of the line and the number of passengers to be screened without adding new lanes.

Summary

I know a good idea when I see one — and I like this one.

This is the type of innovation which sorely needs to be implemented at airport security checkpoints around the United States — without requiring passengers to pay more in taxes or fees to be expedited more quickly when being screened — and I would ask why no one at the Transportation Security Administration developed a system like this; but that question would wind up being little more than rhetorical.

Now if only the Transportation Security Administration would offer the Pre✓ program for all passengers free of charge in conjunction with the implementation of these innovation lanes — wishful thinking, I know…

Source: Delta Air Lines.

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