EXPRESS SECURITY CHECKPOINT LANE COMING TO PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- Passengers with one item will have dedicated line
- Allegheny County Airport Authority and Transportation Security administration team up to enhance security checkpoint experience
PITTSBURGH (September 9, 2011) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority and Transportation Security Administration in Pittsburgh have teamed to develop an Express Security Lane at Pittsburgh International Airport dedicated to travelers who have only one carry-on item. The lane will open at the airport at 5 a.m., Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The Express Security Lane will be located on the right side of the Main Security Checkpoint on the Transit Level of Pittsburgh International Airport, and will be staffed by a TSA employee. Current lanes at the main checkpoint and the alternate check point will be maintained.
This line is designed to expedite the screening process for those individuals who limit their carryon to only one item. This is a Pittsburgh-specific program to improve the screening process particularly since traffic has been increasing and lines have been longer at Pittsburgh International Airport.
“The Express Lane is a way to streamline the wait at the checkpoint for those who pack light and fit it all in one bag. This move comes as a result of more people carrying more items through the checkpoint to avoid airline bag fees,” said Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director/CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
To enter the Express Lane each traveler will be required to have no more than one item – this includes purses, brief cases, computer cases, etc. That means passengers with a carryon and another item such as a computer bag would be required to enter any one of the other security lines. Passengers may carry a jacket through the Express Lane but no other items. Carryons should measure 22" by 14" by 9".
“One of the major contributors to longer security lines is that fewer and fewer passengers are checking their bags and taking more – and larger – bags through the security checkpoint,” said Joseph Terrell, Federal Security Director, TSA, Pittsburgh. “The additional screening of these items places a burden on the screening process. With the Express Lane, we will be able to alleviate that burden and move passengers through the process at a better pace.”
Officials are implementing this program now and hope that it will have a positive effect on the upcoming busy Holiday Travel Season.