TSA pledges $2.2 million to Sea-Tac aviation security efforts

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National Press Release
Tuesday, June 15, 2004

WASHINGTON - Rear Adm. David M. Stone, Acting Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), today announced TSA has signed a contract with the Port of Seattle for $2.2 million to offset the costs of planning and design work for deploying additional Explosives Detection System (EDS) machines in the lobbies of various terminals at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac).

The contract is part of TSA's commitment to improving the interim checked baggage security system at the airport as a new permanent in-line system is built.

"TSA continues to work with the Port of Seattle to meet growing demand and maintain the highest security standards for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport," said Admiral Stone (USN Ret.). "This contract will lead to more efficient baggage screening and improved customer service."

Sea-Tac may use the funding for the services of contractors to manage the planning and design of interim checked baggage solutions for airport terminals and provide construction support and other services required to facilitate construction.

TSA has authorized $955 million in Letters of Intent (LOIs) to airport authorities for the deployment of permanent checked baggage security systems over the next three years, including $159 million for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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