Miami International Airport has unveiled its new $324m automated baggage screening system in the south and central terminals.

The new baggage screening system has received funding of $101.2m from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Miami Airport expects the system to increase the efficiency and speed of the baggage screening process.

The system features a conveyor belt with a total length of nine miles and 12 CTX 9800 explosives detection system machines.

It is also fitted with 102 mobile inspection tables (MIT) in an 18,000ft2 baggage reconciliation area.

This is one of the largest automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology airport installations in the world.

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The MITs aid the TSA officials by delivering bags that need additional screening through a guided floor track to 52 TSA inspection stations.

This removes the need for officers to lift or pull the baggage manually, increasing accuracy and speed while reducing noise pollution.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A Gimenez said: “This innovative system is a huge step forward in MIA’s overall capital improvement programme to modernise and streamline all phases of passenger and cargo service.

“Installation of this new technology paves the way for quicker, smoother baggage delivery for our passengers, as well as more efficient operations for current and prospective airline partners.”

TSA federal security director Daniel Ronan said: “The efficiency of MIA’s new system allows us to perform state-of-the-art screening to keep its ever-growing population of passengers and the broader aviation system safe every day.”

Operating since July, the facility can screen around 7,000 bags each hour. The airport revealed that 18 airlines have started using the facility, with 30 additional airlines expected to start using it by mid next year.

The new facility is a part of the Miami International Airport Capital Improvement Program. The total cost of the programme is estimated at $5bn.

In May, TSA checkpoint at Miami International Airport was equipped with a computed tomography (CT) scanner. The new scanner provides enhanced explosive detection capabilities at the checkpoint.