Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is expected to open its two new 50,000-square-foot security checkpoint buildings in early November as part of a $1 billion capital improvement project known as Project Journey.
The project is the airport’s most significant expansion of facilities in nearly 25 years and has been designed to improve customer convenience, passenger connectivity and security standards. A 225,000-square-foot 14-gate concourse began serving passengers in April.
While the new concourse was under construction, two new security checkpoint buildings also were built between the airport Metrorail station and Terminal B/C – providing convenient access to 85 percent of the airport’s gates. The buildings provide dedicated space for generous queuing areas and a large number of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening lanes per building. The new security facilities replace three smaller checkpoints currently located at the entrances to concourses, with those spaces to be converted into areas for additional passenger amenities. The new arrangement will put more of the airport terminal beyond security, giving passengers greater opportunities to visit other parts of the airport – including shops and restaurants – and also making connecting flights between concourses much easier and more efficient.
The new checkpoint areas also give TSA the opportunity and space to install the latest equipment to help streamline the screening process and make security operations more pleasant, efficient and convenient for passengers.
“The new, more spacious checkpoints at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport will enable our Transportation Security Officers to screen a larger number of passengers more efficiently,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “TSA’s strong partnership with the Airports Authority and our airport and airline stakeholders played a critical role in achieving our goal of modernizing our screening operations at Reagan National. All 23 new screening lanes will include state-of-the-art screening technology that improves both security and the passenger experience. These technologies include our most advanced credential authentication and computed tomography equipment.”
The new checkpoints are expected to open to passengers on or about November 9. When they open, passengers will follow new signage and paths to reach their gates.