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.
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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