Orlando Gets $15m Grant for Baggage Screening Systems

23 June 2009 (Last Updated June 23rd, 2009 18:30)

Orlando International Airport in the US will receive $15m from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the construction of two new inline baggage handling systems. Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano said that this new technology will strengthen security and

Orlando International Airport in the US will receive $15m from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the construction of two new inline baggage handling systems.

Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano said that this new technology will strengthen security and streamline the baggage screening process at one of the country's busiest tourist destinations.

These baggage handling systems will better equip Orlando International to detect explosives and other threats while investing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds into the local Orlando economy, she added.

Once construction is completed, the airport will operate a total of five operational inline systems, in which the two new inline systems will replace 34 standalone screening machines.

In addition, the new technology will also improve safety for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees thereby automating the baggage screening process and reducing the number of rescans and physical bag searches.

DHS has funded nearly 20% of its ARRA funds to date and will fund more than 50% by the end of September 2009.

US President Obama has committed to grant more than $3bn for homeland security projects through DHS and the General Services Administration (GSA), out of which $1bn is earmarked for aviation security projects, $700m for screening checked baggage and $300m for checkpoint explosives detection technology.