WASHINGTON – Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Acting Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), today announced TSA has signed a contract with the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority for $3 million to help offset costs of modifying airport facilities to accommodate a checked baggage screening system featuring new Explosives Detection System (EDS) machines.
The modification, as well as the installation of the new machines, will be completed in spring 2005. As the expansion work is being done, TSA will continue to screen checked baggage using existing Explosive Trace Detection equipment.
"The contract is part of TSA's commitment to achieving maximum security, efficiency and passenger convenience as permanent checked baggage systems are created in individual airports," said Admiral Stone. "As passengers continue to travel out of Piedmont Airport in ever-growing numbers, the new checked baggage system will serve the airport both today and in the future."
The contract with the Airport Authority caps the amount that TSA will fund at $3 million to prepare the expanded area for the installation of the new SUV-size EDS machines for checked baggage screening. TSA continues to work with Congress and the aviation community to deploy permanent baggage screening solutions for airports. TSA has authorized nearly $1 billion for these efforts over the next three years.