Delta May Have Just Solved The Most Inconvenient Thing About Travelling
These "innovation lanes" could make airport security checkpoints faster with simple tweaks.
BY eric limer | May 31, 2016 | Travel
The TSA is in bad shape. The agency's general inefficacy has been coming to light for years, while the strain it puts on passengers has only been increasing. Security lines are longer than ever and only set to get worse. It feels like there is no escape.
Yet there might be. Delta has been working on something it calls "innovation lines," a slightly modified version of the normal TSA checkpoints that already bog down every airport. After spending over a million dollars in an attempt to fix the system, it seems like they've arrived at a solution. Even if it's not the best possible option, it's got to be better than what we've got.
Delta's innovation lines rely on a couple of tweaks. Instead of having passengers bin-up their stuff one at a time, the innovation lines have five designated stations so that the whole line isn't held up by one person who can't fish their keys out of their pocket. On top of that, the conveyors move automatically, and cleverly route empty bins back to the stations for the next people who are anxious to get going.
These changes, according to Delta, make all the difference in the world. These changes can effectively double the productivity of any given lane, which means the upgrade could, in essence, double the number of lanes at any given checkpoint without requiring any more space or staff.
For now, the new innovation lanes are only in Atlanta, Georgia, but we can only hope they'll start popping up elsewhere soon. They seem like a fairly elegant solution to a particularly thorny and annoying problem.
From: Esquire US.