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TSA pledges $6.5 million for explosives detection systems at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

National Press Release
Friday, September 10, 2004

WASHINGTON – Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), today announced TSA has signed an agreement with the Port of Seattle for $6.5 million. The funds will help offset the cost of installing additional Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) machines, associated baggage handling system equipment, and Explosives Trace Detection (ETD) equipment. This explosive detection equipment will support an interim baggage screening solution at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for Alaska Airlines.

"TSA continues to partner with the airports and airlines to deploy the most advanced technology that to ensure improved customer convenience and security," said Admiral Stone.

TSA continues to work with Congress and the aviation community to deploy permanent baggage screening solutions for airports. TSA has authorized nearly $1 billion for these efforts over the next three years.