$140m screening system for Logan

By Katie Johnston
Globe Staff / September 16, 2011

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Logan International Airport is getting a $140 million baggage screening system to replace what was the first system in the country to screen every piece of checked baggage via a conveyor belt.

The new system will allow bags to pass through more quickly, airport officials said.

The project will be funded with a $68 million grant from the Transportation Security Administration for an upgraded baggage belt system and centralized screening facility, and $22 million from the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan, to renovate screening rooms and build new ones. The TSA is also expected to provide about $50 million for new screening technology.

The project will also consolidate 11 baggage viewing rooms, where agents examine luggage on-screen. Construction will take place over three years.

“Massport is to be commended for their ongoing investment and forward-leaning approach to security,’’ George Naccara, the TSA’s federal security director at Logan, said in a statement.

“These technology upgrades will streamline the baggage screening process and will free up more of our resources for frontline security functions and pilot programs designed to create a more risk-based, intelligence-driven security environment.’’

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