The TSA is testing self-service kiosks at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, allowing TSA PreCheck passengers to complete their own security screening. The intent is to proceed with minimal to no assistance from TSA officers. The self-service screening technology aims to keep travelers and TSA agents safer by minimizing person-to-person contact, reducing the number of bags TSOs have to pick up and move around, and allowing passengers to proceed at their own pace. It feels like a really bad idea, but then again, I believe all of this is security theatre… just existing to make some people feel better about flying.

The goal of TSA self-screening is not only reducing wait times for passengers, but also “reducing the number of pat downs and bag inspections” by TSA agents.