MIA to install new baggage screening system

$54.4 million project would include explosives detection


MIAMI -- Miami International Airport will have a new multimillion-dollar baggage screening system that will scan more than 4,000 bags per hour.

The Transportation Safety Administration awarded Miami International Airport with $54.4 million for a new in-line baggage screening explosive detection on Monday. The system is expected to bring a higher level of security to MIA with more effective screening beginning in July 2009.

County commissioners and a congressional delegation went to the airport Monday to tour the new north terminal, which is under construction, and the detection system.

When the first phase of the project is complete, the new baggage screening system will include nearly 10 miles of conveyor belts with the ability to screen and transport 4,400 bags per hour. The system will be able to screen an estimated 6,800 bags per hour when it is finished.

The public will not see the screening taking place, as the equipment is housed in a secured area of the airport away from the general population.

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