New equipment installed to speed up airport security - WSMV News 4

New equipment installed to speed up airport security

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Travelers at Nashville International Airport will notice some big changes the next time they fly, and this time the changes are ones they may actually like.

Thursday, airport officials unveiled new technology that will make things faster and less invasive next time you go through the security checkpoint.

Transportation Security Administration officials said the security line should be a little bit shorter as new recognition software has been installed nationwide that will eliminate part of the screening process.

"It happens very quickly. In many cases, by the time the passenger steps out of the machine, the determination is already made about whether they're clear and able to proceed on their way," TSA officer John Allen said.

And from now on, those controversial body scans that have received so much attention are a thing of the past. Travelers will no longer feel exposed to the entire airport.

"If they have something maybe left in a pocket or concealed somewhere, a yellow box will outline that on a human generic outline on a monitor attached to the machine," Allen said.

As long as you empty your pockets and don't conceal anything, you likely won't be patted down. This even goes for those passengers with artificial limbs or medical devices that contain metal.

"As long as they have divested properly, they will come through this, they will not alarm, and they'll be through within 12 to 15 seconds and not have to receive a patdown," Allen said.

Channel 4 talked to several travelers Thursday who are happy about the changes, and they brought along their sense of humor to the security line.

"When you get old nobody looks anyway," traveler Phyllis Yaglowski said.

"I'm in such fantastic shape, they were pretty impressed with me," traveler Dennis Fentress said.

TSA officials said if you are not a regular business traveler, you may want to spend a few minutes brushing up on the new regulations before your flight.

Find all the details on what to expect at the security line by visiting the TSA website.

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