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SFO, TSA and United Airlines Unveil New Automated Screening Lanes

Advanced screening system offers enhanced security and more efficiency at checkpoint

SFO, jointly with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and United Airlines, unveiled new state-of-the-art checkpoint technology.  Located in SFO’s Terminal 3, the new Automated Screening Lanes (ASLs) incorporate innovative technology that enhances security while offering improved efficiency at security checkpoints.

“We are proud to be among the first U.S. airports to offer the latest advancements in passenger screening technology,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.  "Our goal is to revolutionize the travel experience, with facilities designed to make travel easier and more enjoyable.  With the introduction of Automated Screening Lanes at SFO, we take that commitment to a new level.  We are grateful for our partnership with the TSA and United Airlines to make this possible.”

“The Bay Area is an epicenter of innovation, and United is excited to bring the most innovative security experience to our Bay Area customers with the launch of Automated Security Lanes at San Francisco International Airport,” said United’s California President, Janet Lamkin.  "Inaugurated just in time for the busy holiday travel period, these new lanes will enhance security and will allow passengers to go through screening more quickly, improving their travel experience.”

“Automated Screening Lanes improve the effectiveness and efficiency of security operations at checkpoints while enhancing the traveling experience for passengers,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.  “I appreciate San Francisco International’s support of this new technology in Terminal 3.  It will enable us to provide better security faster.”

The new ASLs are designed to improve the screening of passengers by automating many of the functions that were previously performed manually.  The advanced screening system allows passengers to move faster and more efficiently through the security checkpoints.  The ASLs technology includes:

  • Stainless steel countertops that enable several passengers to place their items in bins simultaneously, reducing the need to stand in line;
  • Bins that are 25 percent larger than the bins in standard screening lanes that are large enough to hold larger carry-on bags;
  • Automated conveyor belts that draw bins into the X-ray machines, and returns the bins back to the front of the queue for passengers;
  • Carry-on bags that trigger an alarm warning of a potential threat are automatically redirected to a separate area to allow bins behind it to continue through the screening process uninterrupted;
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that are attached to each bin to allow for additional accountability of a passenger’s items as they transit throughout the security process; and
  • Cameras that capture photographic images of the contents of each bin, which are linked side-by-side to the X-ray image of a bag’s contents.

The ASLs were purchased by United Airlines and installed with SFO union labor.  TSA will oversee the operation of the lanes.  This pilot project will allow the Airport to conduct a study of future deployment of ASLs at other security checkpoint locations at SFO.


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Low-Cost Airline Norwegian to Move London Flights from Oakland to SFO

Airline brings low fares from SFO to London starting March 31, 2019

Low-cost airline Norwegian announced plans to move its existing non-stop London-Gatwick (LGW) service from Oakland to SFO in the spring of 2019, offering flights five times per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.  Flights from SFO begin March 31, 2019.  The flight is scheduled to depart SFO at 6:30 p.m. and arrive LGW at 12:40 p.m. on the following day.  The return flight is scheduled to leave LGW at 1:30 p.m. and arrive at SFO at 4:30 p.m.

Norwegian launched the route from Oakland to London’s Gatwick airport in May 2016.  Along with the move to SFO, Norwegian also announced plans to shift London-Gatwick service from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, while also launching new service from Boston-Logan to Madrid and Rome, and increasing frequencies from other U.S. cities to Madrid, Rome, and Paris.

In 2018, Norwegian was named ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline’ for the fourth consecutive year and ‘Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe’ for the sixth year in a row at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards held in London.  In 2017, Air Transport World named Norwegian ‘Airline of the Year’ and ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline.’

For more information or to make a reservation, visit Norwegian.


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