Choices for Faster Security at Washington DC Airports

Long TSA Queue at Denver International Airport (DEN)

Video Analytics Calculates Real-Time Wait-Times at Washington Dulles

The United States Transportation Security Administration, or simply put, “The TSA”, has become part of the airport experience some travelers have become up close and personal with, whether it’s a full body scan or the hands-on pat-down.

Aside from what may seem to be an overly invasive screening to some, the worst part, according to most travelers, is the wait.

To combat long-waits, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) now provides passengers with real-time TSA wait displays at security screening. If the wait is too long at the west checkpoint, a passenger could simply go over to the east mezzanine checkpoint, or vice-versa.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), the primary international gateway for the Washington D.C. area, is the first airport in the United States to use a video analytics system to automatically calculate the wait time inside Main Terminal’s east and west security mezzanine checkpoints. As both mezzanines are connected beyond security, passengers can make informed decisions with the use of real-time data.

The actual wait-time is displayed both inside the terminal and on theDulles Airport websitefor desktop and mobile devices.

Chris Browne, Vice President and Dulles Airport Manager, said, “Real-time data puts the power in our customers’ hands.” Browne added, “Dulles passengers can use this new service to eliminate the guesswork in selecting which checkpoint to use.”

The system, developed by Blue Eye Video Company, uses video recognition analytics to constantly measure the number of people in line and the number of people completing the security screening process. This data, combined with with special algorithms suited to each Dulles checkpoint, provides for wait time calculation in real time.

TSA Pre-Check at Washington National

Reagan National Airport (DCA) was among one of the first to debut the “TSA Pre-Check (TSA Pre✓™)” expedited screening program for passengers. TSA Pre✓ is currently available at the north and south checkpoints in Terminal B/C at National.

At Washington’s National Airport, a select group of frequent flyers with Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, and US Airways, have access to these expedited screening lanes.

If you are a frequent flyer, it’s suggested you check with your airline to confirm eligibility and opt-in as air carrier participation in the Pre-check program continues to expand.

Additionally, Pre✓ program is open to active members of the U.S. Military who show their “CAC” (Commmon Access Card) at the checkpoint along with passengers enrolled inGlobal Entry. When booking airline travel, simply provide your trusted traveler PASS ID information.

Global Entry is a program created by US Customs and Border Protection to speed entry into the United States at most ports of entry, including Washington Dulles International (IAD) after an international arrival.

TSA Pre Check – TSA Pre ✓ at Washington Dulles International (IAD)

Washington Dulles International (IAD) has yet to adopt the TSA Pre-Check (TSA Pre ✓) program, but as a hub for United Airlines it’s expected to become popular among frequent-flyers at United Airlines who reside in or visit the greater DC area on a regular basis.

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Frequent Flyers with access to TSA Pre Check ✓, don’t fret — Washington Dulles Airport is working with the TSA to open TSA Pre-Check lanes in late September.

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