Travel | Jan 25

Fukuoka Airport Introduces Smart Lanes to Streamline Security Checks

FUKUOKA, Jan 25 (News On Japan) - Anyone who has experienced long security lines at Fukuoka Airport will be relieved to hear a new system aimed at alleviating chronic congestion started on Wednesday.

With the Smart Lane system, passengers don’t need to remove items like laptops from their bags, significantly reducing queue times.

Smart Lane employs 3D technology for a clearer scan of the contents of carry-on luggage. This advancement means passengers no longer need to remove laptops or liquids from their bags, making the security check much more efficient.

Last year, during the busy holiday period, Fukuoka Airport's domestic terminal saw long lines at the security checkpoints. The congestion had become a regular occurrence, partly due to staffing shortages.

The Smart Lane system features automatic baskets, allowing up to four passengers to simultaneously place their luggage on the conveyor belt. With this new system, the number of passengers screened per hour per machine is expected to increase from 170 to approximately 250, significantly easing passenger congestion.

Tetsuya Iwamoto from Fukuoka International Airport stated, "Our goal is to make the airport more user-friendly, stress-free, and efficient for our customers."

The operation of two Smart Lane machines commenced on January 24th, with plans to install a total of 11 by the end of April.

Source: FBS福岡放送ニュース


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