TSA announces $3.2 million for checked baggage screening system enhancements at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

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Local Press Release
Friday, October 16, 2009

BALTIMORE - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced an award of approximately $3.2 million to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) for enhancements to optimize their baggage handling systems.

"This funding will enhance the safety and efficiency of the baggage screening process for Transportation Security Officers who work in the checked baggage environment here in Baltimore," said TSA Federal Security Director James Schear. "We are continually looking for new ways to streamline the screening system while providing a high level of security."

The approximately $3.2 million award, derived from fiscal 2009 funds, will provide upgrades to the existing baggage systems by adding conveyor lines and constructing new spaces to perform screening. More than 20 million passengers travel through BWI each year.

"The project is the latest example of BWI Marshall Airport working with TSA to improve security technology and procedures," said Timothy L. Campbell, A.A.E., Executive Director of the Maryland Aviation Administration. "The funding will help TSA to provide the highest level of security and convenience here at BWI Marshall."

TSA screens 100% of all passenger baggage using explosive detection systems prior to being placed on an aircraft. Streamlining the baggage handling system facilitates this screening process. In addition, the enhancements made at BWI will create a safer system for security officers by reducing the need to lift heavy bags.

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