TSA announces $13.6 million for new checked baggage screening system at O’Hare International Airport

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Local Press Release
Monday, October 5, 2009

CHICAGO The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced an award of approximately $13.6 million to O’Hare International Airport (ORD) for the construction of a new inline baggage handling system designed to enhance TSA’s efforts to strengthen security at airports.

“Inline baggage screening systems are an efficient way to detect possible explosives and other threats while allowing for a more streamlined check-in process for passengers,” said TSA Federal Security Director Kathleen Petrowsky. “When this project is completed, more than 80 percent of the checked baggage at O’Hare will be screened inline.”

The approximately $13.6 million award will come from fiscal 2009 funds and will pay for the design, construction and installation of an inline baggage screening system in Terminal 1.

“On behalf of Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago Department of Aviation, we are very pleased that the TSA has selected O’Hare International Airport to receive this technology,” said Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner of the CDA. “This new screening technology will enhance safety and security for passengers and employees, at O’Hare, one of the world’s global gateways.”

Why is TSA funding inline baggage handling systems?
Inline baggage handling systems use state-of-the-art technology to screen baggage for explosives quickly while streamlining the ticketing and boarding process. These systems eliminate the need for passengers to walk checked baggage to a screening location before proceeding to the security checkpoint. The systems provide on-screen resolution capabilities for Transportation Security Officers, which reduces the number of re-scans and physical bag searches.