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LAX baggage screening system gets funding, could cut passenger lines

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Officials have secured $150 million to add in-line baggage screening systems at several terminals at Los Angeles International Airport.

According to Los Angeles World Airports, the Transportation Security Administration has pledged the money for the systems, which will screen luggage outside the main terminal area.

Officials hope the machines will speed up the security checks for passengers. 

"Reducing long lines and long waits in the terminals will make passengers both happier and safer,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement.

With the grant, LAX now has more than $300 million in federal funds for the screen system.

Officials said the system will cost a total of $600 million and should be completed by 2012.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Passengers wait at an LAX terminal. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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About time. Since 9/11, LAX has done the worst job of any airport I've flown in or out of all over the country--the lines are ridiculously long at all stages of check-in and security screening, and there seems to have been very little effort to expedite. On one departure, I was checked in 2 hours before takeoff, and the security line was so long that they pulled everyone for my flight out of line, put us on a shuttle to the Bradley terminal, ran us through security there, took us down a jetway to another shuttle that ran around the tarmac side of the airport, and then had us enter our intended terminal via another jetway.

Will they also get funding to educate them on not stealing from people's baggage?

the extra funding is great, but they need to screen the people who are steeling the bags like there employees.

they really need $600 million for this? really? just for a baggage screening system?

I agree...about time!! Anyone trying to enter the US through TBIT is in for a painful process!! It's bad enough sitting through a 15hr Trans-Pacific flight then to stand in line at TBIT for another 3 hrs


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