TSA announces $4.6 million award for new checked baggage screening system at Eagle County Regional Airport

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Local Press Release
Thursday, September 30, 2010

EAGLE, Colo. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced an award of approximately $4.6 million to Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) for construction of a new in-line baggage handling system.

"This technology will streamline the baggage screening process while strengthening security," said TSA Federal Security Director Rene Dhenin. "The state-of-the-art in-line system will make the screening faster and more efficient, which is great news for passengers."

The approximately $4.6 million award will fund construction of a fully automated in-line baggage screening system. The in-line baggage handling system in the airport will better serve the more than 200,000 passengers traveling through Eagle Regional each year. When completed, Eagle will feature 100 percent in-line screening, greatly improving airport efficiency.

"We feel very fortunate to partner with TSA on this project," said Chris Anderson, Eagle County Regional Airport Terminal Manager. "We are really looking forward to being able to offer this new passenger service enhancement and airline and security operational improvement."

Why is TSA funding in-line baggage handling systems? In-line baggage handling systems use state-of-the-art technology to screen baggage for explosives quickly while streamlining the ticketing and boarding process. This eliminates the need for passengers to walk checked baggage to a screening location before proceeding to the security checkpoint. Additionally, the systems provide on-screen resolution capabilities for security officers screening baggage which reduces the number of re-scans and physical bag searches.