- Automated belts that draw bags into the X-ray machines, returning the bins back to queue after completion of the screening.
- Bags with a potential threat can be directed to a separate area to allow bins behind it to continue through the system uninterrupted.
- Property bins that are 25 percent larger than the bins in regular screening lanes.
- Unique Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that are attached to each bin to allow for additional accountability of items as they transit throughout the system.
- Cameras that capture photos of the outside of the bag, which is linked to the X-ray image of the bag's contents.
"We are very appreciative of the ongoing collaboration between TSA and our partners at American Airlines," said TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. "Working together in our efforts to deploy effective, state-of-the-art technologies such as these automated lanes in O'Hare's Terminal 3 furthers TSA's ability to fulfill its security mission while also enhancing the travel experience."American and TSA anticipate deployment of additional automated screening lanes in early 2017 at Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK). Early next year, American and TSA will also commence a pilot of computed tomography (CT) scanners. CT technology, currently only used at U.S. airports to screen checked bags, is expected to significantly improve the throughput when added to the screening process in Phoenix. 3D CT technology could make it possible to allow passengers to leave liquids, gels and aerosols, as well as laptops, in their carry-on bags at all times. This results in a quicker throughput and less bin use. If the pilot testing is successful, TSA may deploy CT technology to other checkpoints nationwide.
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