Baggage Screening Bottleneck?

The inline systems, where computed tomography based explosives detection systems (EDS) are integrated into the baggage conveyor systems are clearly the optimal choice for most airports in terms of maximizing baggage throughput by 10-40% and decreasing the number of workers by roughly 75% over standalone setups. The article cites a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that underscores the value of inline baggage screening systems, but finds Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not have a plan to deploy them fast enough. As of July 2004, there were 9 fully integrated inline systems and three partial inline systems at 12 United States (U.S.) airports, handling on average 4 to 11% of the overall checked baggage screening load. TSA officials have stated that they have identified 27 additional airports that would need inline systems in order to meet 100% checked baggage screening requirement. At this time, it is unclear how the government would come up with its share of funding to issue the letters of intent (LOI)for inline systems at those 27 additional airports.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 56-58
  • Serial:
    • Airport Magazine
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: AAAE Service Corporation, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0744-5326

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01002368
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2005 3:39PM