Delta Air Lines has taken steps to improve the screening process with their advanced automated bin system, which they "provided" to the TSA.
At over a million dollars, the high-tech lanes were funded by Delta and are capable of handling more passenger volume than the standard TSA lanes. And, unlike the TSA bureaucracy, the Delta Innovative Screening lines went from concept to startup in less than two months.
The new lanes allow five passengers to go through at a time, which means everything is happening in parallel - whereas the current process, everything happens in series. Effectively Delta believes that one of their new lanes will effectively be two standard lanes.
Delta's new technology lanes allow for thirty more lanes then they would have had otherwise.
The idea of an airline funding a project like this will assist its passengers with getting through those terrible security line-ups; so hats off to Delta. However, what concerns me is airlines involving themselves too much in the "Airport" security process, prior to passengers getting on a plane.
We need to remember that Airlines are always looking at ways to increase profit in a way that suits them, and that doesn't always mean that security is at the forefront of that process. Whereas, the TSA (even though they may not do a perfect job) is weighing more on the security side of the process.
Earlier this month Delta Air Lines and CLEAR partnered to bring CLEAR's biometric service to its U.S. Diamond Medallion members free of charge and all U.S. Delta SkyMiles members will have access to preferential pricing.