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LAX baggage screening system gets funding, could cut passenger lines

December 8, 2009 |  7:16 am

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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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