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Oakland International Airport Selected as TSA Innovation Site

Oakland International Airport Selected as TSA Innovation Site

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December 30th, 2017

Airport to Introduce New Technologies in 2018

Media Contact:
Keonnis R. Taylor

Oakland, CA – (December 30, 2017):  Oakland International Airport (OAK) today reports that it has been selected as an official Innovation Task Force Site.  The distinction will allow OAK to try out new technologies to benefit its growing passenger base. The trial program will begin in OAK’s Terminal 2 in partnership with Southwest Airlines, and is expected to begin roll-out within the next six months.

“OAK has had and continues to have great working relationships with our partners at TSA, both locally and in Washington, DC,” said Port of Oakland Director of Aviation, Bryant L. Francis. “Historically, selected Innovation Site airports have included the top 20 largest airports plus Chicago Midway, therefore, we see this as a welcome opportunity for OAK to deepen our collaboration with our partners at TSA and Southwest to further improve the travel experience for all of our customers. We believe that the benefits of this collaboration will make our airport safer and more efficient as well.”

Airports at which TSA establishes its Innovation Sites must meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to begin the reconfiguration and installation of security systems expeditiously;
  • Ability to share costs through federal funding, airport funding, or otherwise;
  • Infrastructure and space needed to reduce vulnerabilities and reconfigure existing security systems, and not negatively impact current screening capacity;
  • Impact to security effectiveness and efficiency, including consideration of detection capabilities; and
  • Ability of operational staff and stakeholders to support the initiative.

OAK’s participation as an Innovation Task Force Site will promote improved efficiency for passengers at the security checkpoint, and allow the Airport to try technologies such as Automated Bin Return, Remote monitoring, and Computerized Topography (CT) technology for identifying explosives in carry-on luggage.

About Oakland International Airport

Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 13 million travelers annually, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top business and tourism venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.

Oakland’s air service roster to over 50 nonstop destinations is offered on 14 different airline brands – seven of which operate with OAK as their sole gateway into the San Francisco Bay region.

The vision of Oakland International Airport is to offer customers a world-class experience and be the airport of choice for Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by The Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.

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