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RDU Gets New Security Checkpoint System

Posted April 1, 2008 2:02 p.m. EDT
Updated April 1, 2008 2:52 p.m. EDT

— The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday introduced a pilot program at Raleigh-Durham International Airport that could mean faster lines through security.

Passengers can choose their line based on how often they fly. Lines are color coded: One for frequent fliers, one for casual fliers and one for families and those who aren't familiar with the process.

The system is in place at Terminal C and could expand to Terminal A in the future, officials said.

“The Self-Select Lanes program is a way to make the checkpoint less stressful and more user-friendly for travelers, enhancing security as a result,” Michael Zunk, RDU's TSA federal security director. “Calming the checkpoint environment makes it easier for behavior detection officers to identify suspicious activity.”

RDU is the seventh airport in the nation to launch the system, which debuted in Denver and Salt Lake City two months ago.