TSA pledges $4 million toward an 'in-line' explosives detection system at Harrisburg Airport

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National Press Release
Friday, July 23, 2004

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced it has signed a $4 million agreement with the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority to offset costs of developing and installing a permanent in-line checked baggage screening system at Harrisburg International Airport, Middletown, Pa. The new system is designed to have Explosives Detection System (EDS) machines built into the baggage conveyor system for the new terminal that is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in late August.

"TSA continues to work with individual airports on the development of airport-specific permanent solutions to efficiently screen all checked luggage for explosives and to enhance customer service," said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), TSA's Acting Administrator. "Because all airports are different, TSA in partnership with the aviation community is tailoring solutions to meet individual needs."

Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority may use the funding to contract for planning and designing the permanent checked baggage system, construction support and other required services.

Working with Congress and the aviation community, TSA has authorized nearly $1 billion over the next three years for permanent checked baggage screening solutions.