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May 25, 2016 - Atlanta - TSA agent Darren Walker (left) helps passengers using the new system, where they slide their baggage onto the automated rollers. TSA unveiled new security "smart lanes" that have been installed in the South Security Checkpoint, which feature automated equipment that handles baggage. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is putting nearly $1 million into two new automated security lanes at Hartsfield-Jackson, which launch this week.

The Transportation Security Administration’s chief security officer Jill Vaughan said the new lanes with automated bin movements are the first in the United States.

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May 25, 2016 – Atlanta – TSA agent Darren Walker (left) helps passengers using the new system, where they slide their baggage onto the automated rollers. TSA unveiled new security “smart lanes” that have been installed in the South Security Checkpoint, which feature automated equipment that handles baggage. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

TSA officials think the new lanes could speed processing by 25 to 30 percent, and will evaluate the Atlanta pilot project with an eye on expanding the system nationally.

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May 25, 2016 – Atlanta – Ami Ewald, from Ohio,, picks up bags after going through the new process. She said she didn’t think it was an improvement. TSA unveiled new security “smart lanes” that have been installed in the South Security Checkpoint, which feature automated equipment that handles baggage. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Delta is also putting another $4 million into additional workers to supplement TSA staff in Atlanta and at other airports.

Read more about the new lanes, how they work and how they might expand in the future, on myAJC.com.

May 25,  2016 -  Atlanta - Powered rollers transport bags automatically through the screening process.  TSA unveiled new security "smart lanes" that have been installed in the South Security Checkpoint, which feature automated equipment that handles baggage.   BOB ANDRES  / BANDRES@AJC.COM

May 25, 2016 – Atlanta – Powered rollers transport bags automatically through the screening process. TSA unveiled new security “smart lanes” that have been installed in the South Security Checkpoint, which feature automated equipment that handles baggage. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Using the new automated security lanes at the South checkpoint

Step 1: Once you get to the screening area, approach one of the five stations and take a loading bin from beneath the station.

Step 2: Fill it with all your items, including a roll-aboard suitcase, for example. The bins are 25 percent larger.

Step 3: Push the bin onto a conveyor belt, which will move it into the X-ray machine, then walk through the checkpoint. You don’t have to wait for the person in front of you to finish. Each bin has an RFID radio frequency identification chip for tracking.

Step 4: Retrieve your belongings on the other side of the X-ray machine. Your bin is automatically returned to the front of the line via a lower-level conveyor belt. If a bin’s contents needs to be manually screened, it is bumped over to an alternate conveyor belt for an officer’s inspection.

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