New Terminal at JFK Designed to Make Security Quicker and Easier

By Matthew Harwood

The New York Times describes the new JetBlue Terminal at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, "among the first in the United States designed from the ground up after the terrorist attacks."

Because security has been holistically integrated into the design, the terminal will look and feel different than what passengers are used to.

From the moment passengers step into the new terminal, known as Terminal 5, they will find a 340-foot security checkpoint where ticket counters typically are at other airports. The checkpoint has 20 security lanes large enough to accomodate passengers with children, luggage, a wheelchair, and other special needs.

Even the flooring has been swapped for customers comfort. When passengers remove their shoes during the security check, they will no longer step foot on cold, hard terrazzo flooring but on rubber flooring.

The new terminal design should also decrease wait times to no more than ten minutes, according to William R. DeCota, director of aviation at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

And you know those unsightly and obtrusive X-ray explosion detection machines crammed into the middle of depature lobbies: they're gone.

The detection machines at Terminal 5, on the other hand, are out of sight and integrated into what is called an in-line baggage handling system. Bags move automatically from the ticket counter through several inspection points to the tugs that take them out to the aircraft, rather than being hand carried from one area to the next.

Nevertheless, despite these design changes, the Times says airline officials assert security will not be better at the new Terminal 5, just faster.




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