SFO is experimenting with new automated security screenings in one of its terminals.

Margie Shafer/KCBS Radio

Automated Security Lanes Open At SFO

Margie Shafer
November 15, 2018 - 8:43 am

Getting through security at San Francisco International Airport has been streamlined thanks to new technology at the airport's busiest security checkpoint.

Rather than waiting in single file for passengers to spread their belongings onto the conveyor belt, there are multiple stations for United Airlines travelers in Terminal 3 to get ready. 

There's an endless supply of larger-than-usual tubs to hold laptops, bags and other items. If a bag requires additional screening, it gets diverted to another lane. 

"There is no need to wait for the person in front of you to finish. Walk right up to an open station," said TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers. "I like to call this the type-A screening checkpoint."

SFO officials said it may expand the use of the automated lines to other terminals. 

United Airlines already uses these lines in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. Ross Thomas, the airline's managing director in San Francisco, expects to see travelers whisked more efficiently through what he called the busiest checkpoint in the entire airport.