Automated screening lanes come to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Local Press Release
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – Officials with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) today announced that automated screening lanes have been installed and are in use at terminal one’s South Checkpoint. This state-of-the-art technology enhances security efficiency while decreasing the amount of time travelers spend in the security screening process.

Currently, there are four automated screening lanes installed at MSP. In mid-August, installation of the lanes began and construction was completed last week.

“We are very pleased to have this new technology in place to help us meet the challenges of an evolving security threat in an effective and efficient manner,” said Cliff Van Leuven, TSA Federal Security Director for Minnesota. “With the addition of four automated screening lanes in the six-lane South Checkpoint, travelers will notice a slight difference in procedures, but you can count on our TSA officers to guide you through it.”

“New technologies and innovative approaches are becoming increasingly important in meeting passenger processing needs as demand for air service grows,” said Metropolitan Airports Commission CEO Brian Ryks. “We will install additional automated security lanes in 2018 and will continue to work with the Transportation Security Administration and our airline partners to identify technologies that can improve efficiency and enhance the passenger experience.”

The automated screening lanes offer several new features designed to improve the screening process for travelers going through the security checkpoint including:

  • Stainless steel countertops designed specifically to enable several passengers to place their items in bins simultaneously;
  • Automated conveyor belts that move bins into the X-ray machine tunnel and return the bins to the front of the security checkpoint;
  • Automatic diversion of any carry-on bag that may contain a prohibited item; this diversion to a separate location allows other bins containing other travelers’ belongings to continue through the screening process uninterrupted;
  • Bins that are 25 percent larger than a typical bin and are able to hold a roll-aboard bag;
  • Unique Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that are attached to each bin, allowing for additional accountability of a traveler’s carry-on property as they move throughout the security screening process;
  • Cameras that capture photographic images of the contents of each bin and are linked side-by-side to the X-ray image of a carry-on bag’s contents.

TSA continues to collaborate with vendors, airlines, airports, and the counter-terrorism community to expand the number of automated screening lanes in use at airports across the country. To date, TSA has overseen installation of 80 lanes in TSA security checkpoints at seven different airports. In addition to MSP, the airports include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.