NEW AIR­PORT SE­CU­RITY

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Tested -

In­stead of pas­sen­gers putting their wal­lets and belts into bins one at a time, sin­gle-file, a sit­u­a­tion in which one slow guy de­lays the en­tire line, Delta cre­ated a se­cu­rity check­point that uses five si­mul­ta­ne­ous sta­tions. The sys­tem is com­pletely au­to­mated. You ap­proach an empty sta­tion, fill your bin and put it on the con­veyor. If you ac­ci­den­tally leave that wa­ter bot­tle in your carry-on, or there’s some­thing sus­pi­cious that re­quires a se­cond look, your bin is routed to a sep­a­rate area. The con­veyor belts even au­to­mat­i­cally send the bins back to the front of the line. Un­til re­cently, the only lo­ca­tion us­ing this kind of tech­nol­ogy was At­lanta, Delta’s hub. But last month Jo­han­nes­burg’s OR Tambo Air­port be­came the first African air­port to trial a sim­i­lar smart se­cu­rity sys­tem. Sud­denly we’re feel­ing much more for­giv­ing about that lost bag.

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