Grant to help BWI screen baggage better

October 07, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

WASHINGTON - The federal Transportation Security Administration is sending $1.7 million to the Maryland Aviation Administration for improvements to the checked-baggage screening system at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, officials said yesterday.

The money is to be used for additional explosives-detection machines in the American Airlines baggage-handling area and for improvements in the Northwest and Continental Airlines baggage rooms.

"This money will allow BWI to create a permanent checked-baggage solution that will increase the pace of screening, reduce congestion in the lobby and streamline the process," said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, assistant secretary of homeland security for the TSA.

The agency has announced similar grants totaling $77.9 million for airports in San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and elsewhere.

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