Glass exit portals: Security to leave the airport

December 1, 2013 • Business

FILE – In this Nov. 26, 2012 file photo, passengers walk through security portals at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. The doors are designed to keep people from coming back through exits to secure areas, and to keep the TSA from posting a guard at such exits. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Michael Ein, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Now you have to pass through security to leave the airport.

Futuristic unmanned portals have replaced officers at the security exits of two small Northeast airports, adding a few seconds in a bulletproof glass pod to the end of every passenger’s trip.

The rounded exits at the Syracuse and Atlantic City, N.J., airports prevent passengers from backtracking into secure areas once they exit the plane and keep outsiders from entering through the exits. Travelers step into the elevator-sized cylinders and wait as a door slides closed behind them. After a couple of seconds, another door opens in front with a female voice coolly instructing, “Please exit.”

“I don’t understand those doors,” says Cindy Katz, of Jupiter, Fla., who came through the Atlantic City airport for the Thanksgiving Login to read more

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