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TSA's ‘Innovation Checkpoint’ at McCarran to improve passenger experience

Posted at 8:24 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 00:15:24-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — On Tuesday, representatives from the Transportation Security Administration and Las Vegas McCarran International airport unveiled the Innovation Checkpoint. TSA's Innovation Task Force is testing and evaluating several emerging security technologies during actual live screening.

The Credential Authentication Technology automatically verifies passengers' identification documents through the Secure Flight Database. The CAT effectively will be able to verify the document's authenticity; determine whether it's fraudulent or expired in real-time.

It also confirms a passenger's flight information without having to present a boarding ticket to the TSA officer.

The Computed Tomography (CT) x-ray scanner allows for better detection of threat items by providing three-dimensional, high-resolution x-rays. Current machines provide two-dimensional views on what is inside the luggage. TSA officers now can view and rotate the 3-D image.

Airport officials say the long-term goal is to allow passengers to keep laptops and allow quart-sized bag of liquids inside a carry-on in general screening lanes. TSA believes that will be possible in the next seven to eight years.

The Advanced Imaging Technology Body Scanner (eAIT) is a flat panel that screens a passenger's body using millimeter wave technology. This machine allows for a simplified stance and provides corrective feedback to the TSA officer on improper positioning.

The eAIT is similar to current body scanners but passengers do not have to raise their arms during the screening. Passengers who are on a wheelchair will be able to get through the checkpoint without having to pass the American with Disabilities Act-compliant gate.

The Digital Signage was designed in place of traditional printed signs. It displays important information and reminders designed to educate travelers and simplify the screening process during checkpoints.

McCarran officials say the new technologies are tested and evaluated about four hours a day throughout the week.

TSA screened the first passenger through the Innovation Checkpoint in June.