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Passenger screening automation will create the next-generation screening experience at airports. A new program by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will develop a passenger self-screening concept design and prototype that streamlines TSA PreCheck operations.
The Screening at Speed Program is awarding more than $2.5 million to Vanderlande Industries to bring enhanced automation to TSA airport security checkpoints.
The program is expected to increase aviation security effectiveness while reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience, according to dhs.gov.
The company will design and build a prototype automated checkpoint that will combine its PAX Advanced MX2 Automated Screening Lane (ASL) with off-the-shelf passenger screening systems to create four integrated screening stations for one screening lane.
Combining ASL with the passenger screening stations will simplify the process of X-ray screening of personal property and on-person screening from two steps to one. The system will provide continuous screening for prohibited and/or concealed items and give passengers near real-time feedback if additional screening is necessary.
“Automated passenger screening stations will keep travelers and TSOs safer in pandemic situations like the one we face today, as well as create a faster, more convenient experience for airline passengers,” said the program manager.