Earlier this year, the union representing U.S. airport security agents called for hiring 6,000 additional screeners to reduce long waits and help handle the rise in summer travelers. But hiring that many people isn’t as simple as posting a job ad. Government positions — especially those at an agency like the Transportation Security Administration — require a rigorous screening process in which officials might consider 100 employees for every one hire made.

Airport security is clearly an area that could benefit from automation.

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