Los Angeles International Airport is installing GPS tracking technology to help travelers navigate the airport’s crowded airport terminals.
The project, which is being funded by the California Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security, is part of a broader effort to improve airport security and will add a GPS tracker on the plane seats, said Chris Woodruff, chief operating officer of Los Angeles-based L.A. International.
It’s a project that’s been in the works for several years, Woodruff said.
He said it’s a pilot project and is currently in testing at Los Angeles’s airport.
He added that the airport is also testing the system at its terminals.
Woodruff said the airport will install the technology in a phased rollout.
The tracking system will track flight-hour data, which L.O.I. hopes to use to improve air traffic management, reduce wait times, and track when a flight has already been delayed, he said.
The technology also could help identify and avoid conflicts with security screening procedures, he added.