November 15, 2016
New Automated Security Lanes coming to Chicago O’Hare

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  • United and American Airlines have been working with the TSA to speed up the airport security process since the horrendously long wait times experienced earlier this year at the nation’s busiest airports.
  • Today they announced the introduction of new automated security lanes at Chicago O’Hare which they expect to speed up the security process by 30 percent.


  • United just opened automated security lanes and a redesigned TSA Precheck in Terminal 1 at Chicago O’Hare.
  • The new lanes allow five travelers to fill individual bins at the same time thereby speeding up the security process.
  • The lanes also use a parallel conveyer system that automatically returns empty bins to the front of the line.
  • United already launched similar automatic security lanes in Los Angeles in October and expects to open another 17 lanes at its hub in Newark before the busy Thanksgiving travel season.
  • Read the full details of the press release here.

American Airlines


  • American announced today that it’s launching two automated security screening lanes in Terminal 3 at Chicago O’Hare.
  • American says this should decrease the security screening wait time by approximately 30 percent!
  • The conveyer belts will automatically return empty bins to the front of the line.
  • Bags posing a potential threat will be directed to a separate area to allow bags behind them to continue uninterrupted.
  • RFID tags are attached to each bin for additional accountability of items as they pass through security.
  • American expects to deploy similar automated security lanes in Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York beginning in 2017.
  • Read the full details of the press release here.

Final Thoughts

  • Of course this is great news for travelers as wait times at airports have been horrible on peak travel days.
  • Remember, if you want even faster security screening you can apply for TSA Precheck or Global Entry (I’d go with Global Entry as it comes with TSA Precheck in additional to expedited US Customs).