One of the most common complaints amongst air travellers is the hassle at security checkpoints when TSA agents rummage around in their bags.

Security Check Points in the US Could See New Technology
Security Check Points in the US Could See New Technology

One of the most common complaints amongst air travellers is the hassle at security checkpoints when TSA agents rummage around in their bags. But this could all change; a new bag-scanning system from Qylur could speed that process up significantly.

This scanning system is already in place at Disneyland Paris and was used in last year’s World Cup in Brasil. San Francisco 49ers of Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium is currently testing out the system, here it is being used for group tours and if tests are successful, they will move to use the scanning system for screening VIP guests and eventually regular fans.

"We expect several more rollouts in 2016 across stadiums, amusement parks and other large public venues," CEO Lisa Dolev told Wired. What's more, the TSA began an 18-month trial in October for use in airports around the country.

How Does It Work?

Qylur isn’t saying much about how the system works, but from a traveller’s stand point the experience should be seamless. The traveller approaches the machine, holds their ticket up to a door for scanning, then stuffs their carry-on into the pod. The system then utilizes a combination of X-rays, chemical sensors, and machine artificial intelligence to search for contraband.

If the bag is clean, the traveller picks it up from the other side of the machine and goes on their merry way. You don’t have to open your bag or let anyone touch it. With five people moving through at once, or 600 passengers an hour, passengers should be through security in no time. If the system does detect something that shouldn't be there, it locks the passenger out and alerts a human agent. 

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