New Baggage System Postponed until January for DFW Airport

System promises speedier checks and better security, but process will take more time


It will be three more months before Dallas/Fort Worth Airport begins using a new baggage-handling system that promises speedier check-ins and better security.

The first parts of the complex system, which includes bomb-detecting machines and inspection stations hidden under each terminal, was scheduled to be operational by now.

But airport officials announced Tuesday at a committee meeting that the system will gradually be turned on starting in January and will become fully operational with the opening of Terminal D next summer.

"We need to adjust the completion dates to line up with TSA Transportation Security Administration review and testing before they go online," said Clay Paslay, D/FW executive vice president of airport development.

Paslay said construction of a vast network of conveyor belts and underground rooms where the agency's equipment will go is "virtually complete."