The Electronic Baggage Screening Program was established by congressional mandate for screening of all passenger checked baggage for concealed explosives. The program achieves this mission by managing the full life cycle of acquisition activities including requirements identification, testing, procurement, deployment and sustainment of screening equipment.
Planning Guidelines and Design Standards
TSA assists planners and designers in developing cost-effective solutions for checked baggage inspection systems. The design principles and methods incorporate insights and experiences of industry stakeholders, including airport and airline representatives, planners, architects, baggage handling system designers and equipment manufacturers.
Congress authorizes TSA to make grants to airports to help strengthen the nation’s critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks. TSA utilizes letters of intent and other transaction agreements as funding instruments to reimburse airport sponsors for eligible aviation security projects. TSA distributes funds to airports to assist in infrastructure improvements to enhance the ability of airports to:
- Install baggage conveyer systems related to aviation security.
- Reconfigure terminal baggage areas as required to install explosive detection systems.
- Deploy explosive detection systems behind the ticket counter, in the baggage sorting area or in line with the baggage handling system.
Read the Planning Guidelines and Design Standards.