LAS VEGAS -- By the end of the summer, clients flying to and from
McCarran Airport here likely will find that the check-in process
has been facilitated by what has been billed as the country's first
common-use, self-service kiosk system.
SpeedCheck, as the system is known, involves machines "where
various airlines' applications can ride on the same kiosk," said an
airport spokeswoman, who indicated that the airport is working with
IATA on the project.
"Travelers will see a selection screen where they can pick [a
carrier such as] Delta, Southwest, Northwest. When they push [a
carrier's] button they will actually launch [that carrier's]
So far, the airport has had five "definite commitments" from
interested carriers, including Southwest, Northwest, Delta, United
and AirTran, the spokeswoman said.
McCarran, which will own and maintain the SpeedCheck kiosks, has
spent $2 million for the first phase of the project, which entails
the installment of 38 kiosks in key areas of the airport.
"At this point, we've just started the installation of the
kiosks in the [main] terminal," the spokeswoman said. "We want to
put them in the path of travelers to catch people who have carry-on
only -- before they get into a line with others who are checking
luggage," she said.
"We will have a bank of [machines] just as people walk in from
the public parking garage and near the security checkpoints for the
C and D concourses, where there are a lot of long-haul carriers as
well as Southwest."
Kiosks also will be placed near the security checkpoints for the
A and B concourses as well as in the center of the ticketing area,
the spokeswoman noted.
By the end of the summer, she added, four of the self-service
kiosks will be located in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
"We think that will be really popular," she said. "There are a
lot of people who have so much convention display stuff."
Airline passengers want to be able to ship those items and then
just check themselves in, get a boarding pass and go, she
"About 30% of our passengers have carry-on luggage," the
spokeswoman said. We don't think that's good customer service to
have them standing in the same lines where other passengers are
Indeed, at this point, because of security concerns, only
passengers with carry-on luggage will be able to use the kiosks to
check themselves in and print out a boarding pass, she said.
However, phase two of the project, which is scheduled to be
implemented in January or February, will feature the installation
of kiosks at the various airlines' ticket counters, replacing the
carriers' self-service kiosks, if they have them.
"There you still can check yourself in and then check your
luggage at the ticket counter," the spokeswoman said. All of the
kiosks will be controlled by a master server, she said.
In the case of the SpeedCheck kiosks located at the airlines'
ticket counters, they will be programmed to show information only
about that particular carrier.
Kiosks also will be located in the international terminal by the
end of the year, the spokeswoman said. Other potential locations
include local resorts and the future McCarran Consolidated Rental
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