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New security checkpoints at Washington Dulles International Airport could save passengers time, and hassle.

The new security areas replace the current one on the ticketing level of the Main Terminal. They flank either end of a mezzanine, and have 24 lanes. The existing checkpoint has 20.

Jim Bennett, president of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says that will make a big difference. " [There will be] a lot more capacity, a lot more organization, a lot more ease of transfer-through," says Bennett.

Which is important, he says, since air travel isn't always a walk, or flight, in the park. "The experience in commercial air travel today is not one that people would rate very highly, but we're gonna be a much better product at Dulles," says Bennett.

The checkpoints open Tuesday, at 4 a.m.

Rebecca Sheir reports...

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