Mar 8, 2024 - Technology

TSA opening first self-screening airport security system

New TSA screening equipment is debuting at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.

New TSA screening equipment is debuting at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. Photo: Ty O'Neil/AP

A new self-service screening system is about to open up at Las Vegas' Harry Reid International Airport.

Why it matters: It's the latest in a broader TSA effort to boost efficiency and traveler convenience via new screening tech.

How it works: The system guides travelers through a self-screening process.

  • Flyers drop their bags onto a conveyor belt to be fed into an imaging device, then walk into a glass scanning booth to be checked themselves. They then grab their luggage and get on their way.
  • TSA officers will still be present if needed, but won't be prodding people along quite as much as usual, the Associated Press reports.

Yes, but: For now, the self-service lane is only available to English-speaking PreCheck users.

What's next: If the Vegas test goes well, expect to see similar tech pop up at other airports nationwide.

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