WASHINGTON – Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), announced today that it has agreed to commit $1.7 million to the Maryland Aviation Administration for improvements to the checked baggage screening system at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).
TSA will provide these funds for the installation of additional Explosives Detection System (EDS) and Explosives Trace Detection (ETD) machines to screen checked baggage for explosives in the American Airlines baggage handling area. In addition, the funding will be used for enhancements in the checked baggage screening area in the Northwest and Continental Airlines baggage rooms.
"TSA continues to work every day to enhance security and improve the efficiency of screening checked baggage at airports across the country," said Admiral Stone. "This money will allow BWI to create a permanent checked baggage solution that will increase the pace of screening, reduce congestion in the lobby and streamline the process.
"This agreement underlines the strong partnership among TSA, Maryland Aviation Administration and the airlines," Stone added.
TSA has announced similar agreements totaling $77.9 million with airports in San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Greensboro, N.C.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Chicago, Ill.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Sacramento, Calif. The agency continues to work with Congress and the aviation community to deploy permanent baggage screening solutions to enhance security and customer service.