On Apr. 3, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport announced that they now offer Automated Screening Lanes. The three improved screening lanes are available at security checkpoint 5.

“ASLs improve security. TSA officers can spend more time looking for threats and less time on the manual labor of moving bins around the security checkpoint,” stated TSA Federal Security Director for Washington state Jeff Holmgren. “We will continue to work with the Port of Seattle to identify innovations that improve aviation security.”

The automated screening lanes will improve speed and efficiency at checkpoints with several new features.

  • Stainless steel countertops designed to enable simultaneous use by multiple passengers;
  • Automatic reroute of any carry-on bag that may contain a prohibited item;
  • Bins that are 25 percent bigger than previous bins;
  • Unique Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for each bin;
  • A more efficient automated conveyer belt for bins;
  • Cameras that photograph the contents of each bin and are connected to the x-ray images of carry-on bags.

“This investment by the Port of Seattle is about improving the customer experience, security, and efficiency – all goals to serve our travelers better,” said Managing Director of Sea-Tac Airport Lance Lyttle. “As one of the fastest growing airports in the nation, we appreciate the partnership with the TSA to find innovative ways to make the experience better for our travelers.”

A video of how these new ASLs work can be seen on the Sea-Tac Airport’s YouTube Channel.