TSA Testing New Self-Screening Tech at Las Vegas Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is currently testing new self-screening technology at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. Here’s what you should know.

The new TSA self-screening system is being tested for the first time this week in Las Vegas. The goal, according to the agency, is to make security checks faster and safer for travelers to and from Sin City, according to CBS News.

In other words, the self-screening system may mean you can stress less on security and focus more on the best airport food in Las Vegas.

As far as how the self-screening technology actually works, the system replaces live TSA agents with autonomous screening technology. There are automated conveyors for luggage and a more sensitive detection system. TSA agents can remotely monitor the X-ray machines, meaning fewer live agents will need to be present at the checkpoint.

There’s even a way for bags flagged for secondary screening to be remotely rerouted. The system makes for safer airports since it allows agents to focus more fully on potential threats, the TSA said.

Although there will be a virtual live agent ready to answer questions, the TSA says that there will still be human agents nearby to troubleshoot any potential issues.

For example, the new detection system is reportedly much more sensitive than past iterations, meaning that something as small as a hair clip can set it off.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske is a champion of the new self-screening technology, but conceded that it will likely take some time before passengers get used to the system. More than that, the system is currently only in the testing phase. While travelers to and from Las Vegas may get to experience the system, the agency says it isn’t ready for widespread use.

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