A project to update the security checkpoint at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX with automated screening lanes is now complete, Los Angeles World Airports and the Transportation Security Administration announced Monday.
With the opening of the final two automated lanes, all 14 of the lanes at the security checkpoint have been replaced with new technology that officials said will allow up to five passengers to fill trays with personal belongings at the same time and proceed to the body scanner, allowing more passengers to be screened each hour.
“We’re very excited that all 14 new automated screening lanes are now available for use, as they can increase the number of passengers screened by as much as 30 percent over the old screening lanes, making it faster, more efficient and less stressful for our guests to go through the TSA-screening process, and improve their overall LAX airport experience,” said Trevor Daley, LAWA’s deputy executive director for external affairs. “Because there are five individual stations where travelers can place their items in trays, people who have fewer items for screening can move through faster while guests who need a little more time do not feel as rushed.”
The work began in July 2017, and involved replacing 14 of the checkpoint’s 16 lanes with the new technology. The remaining two lanes were also replaced, but are using the traditional screening system so they can handle odd-sized items that cannot be processed in the ASLs, LAWA officials said.
The trays for the ASLs are 25 percent larger than the trays in standard screening lanes, making them the size of a bag that can go in an overhead bin, and unique radio frequency identification tags are attached to each tray to allow for additional accountability of a traveler’s items as they pass through the security process, according to LAWA. A camera also takes a photo of the contents of each bin, which is linked side-by-side to the X-ray image of a bag’s contents.
Los Angeles International Airport now has 27 ASLs in operation, with the technology also offered at Terminals 2, 4 and 7.
“The completion of the automated screening lane project at TBIT is indeed a milestone that was reached because of the outstanding partnership between TSA and LAWA,” said Keith Jeffries, the TSA federal security director at LAX. “TSA pledges to continue its focus on security operations while embracing innovative technologies.”