San Diego International Airport has installed an advanced explosives detection system in the baggage screening area at Terminal 2 that will more than double the pace of screening bags.
This means that passengers will no longer have to carry their own checked baggage from the ticket counter to a screening machine in the terminal’s lobby area.
Instead, a network of behind-the-counter conveyor belts routes the bags to one of three explosives detection machines. The whole process, which takes minutes, is quicker and more efficient than before, according to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
The Transportation Security Administration and the Airport Authority partnered to bring the new CTX 9000 EDS machines to the airport. The Airport Authority funded the project with $12.3 million and the TSA purchased the machines at a cost of $1.2 million each.
“This system demonstrates to all traveling Americans that San Diego remains a step ahead of the rest of the nation,” said Mike Aguilar, the airport’s TSA federal security director.
, Connie Lewis