Watch: New system allows airport customers to speed up security process

On Friday the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) demonstrated its new carry-on baggage security screening system at the Edmonton International Airport. The system is supposed to be more efficient and user-friendly for both travellers in a hurry and those who need more time.

The authority had installed the CATSA Plus conveyor system in two of the airport’s eight security lineups. Passengers began using one of them on Monday, and the other is being used for employee training. Over the next few months, all eight queues will switch over to the new system.

The new setup automatically feeds baggage bins into four stations, where four travellers can unload their bags and coats and yank out their laptops at the same time. When ready, passengers push their loaded bins onto a conveyor belt for a trip through the X-ray machine.

After travellers pass through the metal detector, they can watch their belongings be sorted into two lines — cleared to fly, or needs more scrutiny.

A full list of carry on restrictions is available on CATSA’s website.

jfrench@postmedia.com

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