New Security System in Place at McCarran Airport

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas’ busy airport is using a new automated screening security system during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The new system was introduced on Thursday at Terminal 3, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported ( ).

The security change comes as an estimated 509,000 airline passengers are expected to depart or arrive at McCarran International from Friday to Monday, a 4 percent jump from last year’s holiday weekend, Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said.

“This airport is busy year-round, but there has been enough planning for us to be able to put this in place as we head into Labor Day weekend,” Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said.

Three reconfigured security lanes are equipped with upgraded features, including bins that are 25 percent larger and capable of holding roll-aboard luggage.

 Each of those bins is equipped with radio-frequency chips, creating another layer of accountability for travelers’ carry-on property during the security process, Dankers said. Bags and bins deemed to be safe will roll down a conveyor belt, while those possibly carrying a prohibited item will be diverted to a separate area where officers can take a closer look.
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