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TSA Use RFID To Cut Wait Times
- May 30, 2016 -

TSA use RFID to Cut Wait Times

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing an RFID-enabled solution at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with the goal of speeding up the security screening process. The automated system, provided by MacDonald Humfrey, is installed at two of the 28 screening lanes that the TSA operates at the airport. A conveyor transports bins directly through the X-ray machines, then routes them to a separate section for further examination if necessary, while the system tracks the items loaded into each bin based on camera images and the bin's passive RFID tag.

Delta Airlines paid $1 million to help underwrite the pilot, which is taking place at the airport's South security checkpoint, used primarily by passengers flying on Delta flights. The pilot will be ongoing this summer, says Mark Howell, a TSA regional spokesperson. The TSA hopes the automated system will increase efficiency by 25 to 30 percent, though he says it will be difficult to pinpoint how much of the efficiency is boosted due to RFID, since that technology is just one element of the new solution.

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