Chicago O'Hare relaxes security checkpoint experience

6 June 2014

The Chicago Department of Aviation said it has teamed up with SpringHill Suites by Marriott, the Transportation Security Administration, SecurityPoint Media and Clear Channel Airports to transform Checkpoint 3 in Terminal 1 into an inviting space that integrates the highest levels of security with a comfortable passenger experience.

The transformation provides the checkpoint with the look of a modern and stylish hotel lobby. SpringHill Suites´ core design elements are pulled through with sleek, modern furniture, wall art featuring calming lighting and soothing music. Comfortable lounge seating prior to the entrance of the checkpoint, as well as a welcoming post-screening area where passengers can gather their belongings, and allow for relaxed stops along the way. In addition, SpringHill Suites will bring periodic surprises and giveaways to travelers to keep them smiling along their journey.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is self-supporting, using no local or state tax dollars for operations or capital improvements at O´Hare and Midway International airports. Together, Chicago´s airports generate more than USD45bn in annual economic activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. Its website is at www.flychicago.com.

SpringHill Suites is designed for both the business and leisure traveler, offering modern amenities and stylish spaces at more than 300 locations in the US and Canada. Its website is at www.springhillsuites.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/springhillsuites or follow the brand at www.twitter.com/springhillsuite.

SecurityPoint Media was the first company to introduce a successful public private partnership to the TSA in 2002. SPM´s innovative and patented SecureTray System debuted in 2005, introducing an end-to-end solution to improve efficiencies in the security screening process while delivering high-impact advertising. The system, which features advertisements on the bottom of white security bins and carts to shuttle the bins around, is now in place at 41 major US airports and connects advertisers with more than onem unique travelers per day.

Clear Channel Airports is a premier innovator of contemporary display concepts. The company, a division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., one of the world´s largest outdoor advertising companies, currently operates more than 280 airport programs across the globe and has a presence in 32 of the top 50 US markets with major airports. Its website is at www.clearchannelairports.com or www.clearchanneloutdoor.com.

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