Minneapolis/St. Paul airport to get automated security lanes
Passengers wait in line to go through the new north security checkpoint at Terminal 1 of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Feb. 26, 2016. (Photo: Leila Navidi, Minneapolis Star Tribune via AP)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Automated security lanes are expected to make it easier for air travelers at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. The Metropolitan Airports Commission last week approved the purchase of the lanes, which promise to increase the capacity of passenger screening by as much as 40 percent by using automatic bin dispensers and conveyors, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The Transportation Security Administration recommended the new system. It’s expected to be in place for the summer travel season.
The equipment will occupy the center four lanes of the south checkpoint in Terminal 1. It’ll feature stations with bin dispensers so people can fill bins without waiting as long for a spot. The loaded bins move on conveyor belts into X-ray inspection, and the system separates out bins that need extra inspection.
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