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TPA debuts first electronic gates at Airside A shuttle lobby

Passengers and guests traveling to Airside A are getting the first taste of a new screening technology that will soon be seen throughout Tampa International Airport.

Beginning this week, TPA is debuting the first set of electronic gates at the entrance to the Airside A shuttle lobby. The gates will allow ticketed passengers and cleared guests to gain access to the airside shuttle, replacing the current system that requires manual scanning.

The process is simple: Passengers simply scan their boarding pass and the gates swing open. If they are at the wrong gate, they will receive an error message.

E-gates allow TPA to go from two to four boarding pass scanning devices per airside, helping to speed up the process and making it faster for guests to get to their gate.

After a brief pilot period, the E-gates are expected to be deployed at the remaining three shuttle entrances later this year.