DIA’s testing out tech for faster security lines for TSA

Security lines at DIA. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Security lines at DIA. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The wait time in Denver International Airport security lines is, everyone hopes, about to get a little shorter.

The airport tomorrow morning will unveil and begin using new automated TSA screening lanes at the north security checkpoint. It’s an early demonstration and test run for technology that will be used at the new screening area on level 6 when the Great Hall renovation is complete in late 2021.

According to a press release, the new lanes will have automated conveyor belts that bring bins back to the front of the line once they’ve brought your things through, bins that are 25 percent bigger and can hold a rolling suitcase and — maybe most crucially — a system that automatically diverts bags that might hold a prohibited item so the screening doesn’t slow down the rest of the bags.

The release also lists “stainless steel countertops designed specifically to enable multiple passengers to place their items in bins simultaneously” as a new feature, but we’re pretty sure that’s the way it was before.