The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is awarding nearly $6.9 million to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) for the construction of an inline baggage-screening system at the airport’s new terminal.
TSA awards for screening systems are designed to enhance the agency’s efforts to strengthen security at airports.
“The addition of a state-of-the-art inline baggage system in the new terminal will significantly improve the speed and efficiency of our screening operations at Wichita,” says Keith Osborn, ICT’s federal security director . “The new system will also eliminate the need for passengers to carry their bags to the screening area.”
Derived from fiscal 2009 funds, the award of approximately $6.9 million will be used to fund an upgrade to the stand-alone system that is currently used at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The new system is due to be completed in mid-2013.
Inline screening systems provide on-screen resolution capabilities for transportation security officers, allowing the TSA to screen baggage for explosives more efficiently while reducing the number of re-scans and physical bag searches that TSA officers have to carry out.
When its new inline baggage-screening system is completed, ICT will feature 100 per cent inline screening.
“We are thrilled that TSA has selected Wichita Mid-Continent’s new terminal project to receive the sophisticated new baggage screening technology,” says Victor White, director of airports for the Wichita Airport Authority. “Passengers will be able to check in their bags at the airline ticket counter and then proceed to the gate. Expediting the bag check-in process is an important customer service convenience feature we are implementing with the new terminal project.”
ICT’s new terminal project is a $160-million effort to replace its current terminal, which is nearly 60 years old.
In another newly announced award, the TSA has allocated approximately $8.8 million for John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California, for the construction of an inline baggage-handling system at the airport’s new Terminal C. The system will come on-line in late 2011. The $8.8 million award will come from fiscal year 2009 funds. The airport currently serves about 9 million passengers per year.
Additionally, the TSA has approved $5 million in funding for the purchase of additional equipment for a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
“The addition of new cameras as well as increased storage capability on pre-existing cameras will be a tremendous asset to our security efforts at SFO airport,” says Ed Gomez, federal security director at SFO. “These video recording enhancements will strengthen security, allow better personnel deployment and assist with the resolution of suspicious items.”
The $5 million award, which comes from fiscal year 2009 funds, will enhance CCTV systems currently in place at SFO airport. The TSA says CCTV systems are an integral part of TSA and airport security operations, providing a high level of threat detection and enhancing emergency response and risk mitigation. CCTV technology is used at hundreds of airports across the country and TSA has collaborated with individual airports to expand these sophisticated and integrated security networks.