Automated Screening Lanes Installed at Some LAX Security Checkpoints

Automated Screening Lanes Installed at Some LAX Security Checkpoints

All 14 of the security checkpoint lanes at the terminal have now been replaced with new, automated screening technology that officials said will allow up to five passengers to fill trays with personal belongings simultaneously and move to the body scanner, allowing more passengers to be screened per hour.

A project to update the security checkpoint at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport with automated screening lanes is now complete, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Transportation Security Administration announced Monday. The project began in July 2017.

All 14 of the security checkpoint lanes at the terminal have now been replaced with new, automated screening technology that officials said will allow up to five passengers to fill trays with personal belongings simultaneously and move to the body scanner, allowing more passengers to be screened per hour.

“We’re very excited that all 14 new automated screening lanes are now available for use, as they can increase the number of passengers screened by as much as 30 percent over the old screening lanes, making it faster, more efficient and less stressful for our guests to go through the TSA-screening process, and improve their overall LAX airport experience,” said Trevor Daley, LAWA’s deputy executive director for external affairs. “Because there are five individual stations where travelers can place their items in trays, people who have fewer items for screening can move through faster while guests who need a little more time do not feel as rushed.”

The trays for the automated screening lanes are 25 percent larger than the trays in standard screening lanes—the size of a bag that can go in an overhead bin. A unique radio frequency ID tag is attached to each tray to allow for additional accountability of a person’s items as they go through the security process, according to LAWA. A camera photographs each bin’s contents, and the photo is linked side-by-side to the X-ray image of the bag’s contents.



Fourteen of the checkpoint’s 16 lanes were replaced with the new technology during the update. The remaining two lanes were also replaced, but are using the traditional screening system in order to process oddly sized items that cannot be processed in the automated screening lanes, according to LAWA officials.

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