As summer travel begins to picks up, airport security technology continues to receive more funding. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday announced an additional $78 million in funding for airport security technology.
These additional funds are coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will help bolster TSA’s efforts to enhance security and create jobs. A majority of these new funds will go toward an inline baggage system at San Diego International Airport, two inline baggage systems at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and one inline baggage system at Little Rock National Airport.
“These state-of-the-art technologies will strengthen security for travelers by enhancing our capability to detect and disrupt threats of terrorism,” Napolitano said.
The new screening systems will be used to scan checked baggage for explosives and will help streamline the ticketing and boarding process for passengers by limiting the number of physical searches and re-scans.
The reminder of the new funds will go toward expanded the closed circuit television system in Salt Lake City International Airport and installing over 250 reduced-size Explosives Detection Systems at more than 60 airports across the country.