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TSA joins Massachusetts Port Authority to open new automated screening lanes at Logan

New automated screening lanes at Logan to increase efficiency in screening times ahead of busy holiday travel season

Local Press Release
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

BOSTON – Officials with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) joined the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today to debut new automated screening lanes at Logan International Airport (BOS). This state-of-the-art checkpoint technology enhances security efficiency while decreasing the amount of time travelers spend during the security screening process.

Passengers departing Boston from Terminal C can expect to see these new lanes at the TSA security checkpoint.

“The security of the traveling public is TSA’s primary focus and Massport is an important partner in that mission,” said Bob Allison, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Massachusetts and Maine. “This technology allows us to improve the passenger experience for travelers at Logan while maintaining the highest level of security.”

“When we look at improving the security checkpoint process for our passengers, we look for ways to make it easier and faster while making the airport safer,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “These new machines simplify the process and allow the TSA officers to focus more on security rather than returning bins to passengers waiting in line.”

Terminal C currently has two of these enhanced lanes, and as Massport continues to make improvements to BOS, passengers can expect to see more of these lanes in Terminals A and B in the near future.

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 the installation of 108 lanes in TSA security checkpoints at 12 different airports. In addition to BOS, the airports include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, John F Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

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