LAX Gets $150 Million Taxpayer Dollars For ... Improved Baggage Screening

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has secured $150 million in taxpayer dollars to speed up baggage screening at LAX, officials announced Monday.

That's a lot of cash for an automated, in-line baggage screening process. Put it this way: The feds gave so far pledged $481 million to improving baggage screening at Los Angeles World Airports (including Ontario); that's enough to wipe out the city of Los Angeles projected $400 million budget deficit.


The new systems, to be installed in "several terminals" at LAX (read: not all of them), will have "enhanced technology to screen each piece of

checked passenger luggage behind-the-scenes," according to a Los Angeles World Airports announcement. "The projects will make

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travel through LAX safer, faster and more convenient by removing the

explosive detection machines in airport terminal lobbies."

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was all over it:

"Reducing long lines and long waits in the terminals will make

passengers both happier and safer," he said.

Congresswoman Lucille

Roybal-Allard helped to make it happen: "I welcome TSA's contribution toward resolving the outstanding funding

balance for the in-line baggage screening projects at LAX, one of the

nation's highest priority airports," she said.

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