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John Wayne Airport’s new terminal fails test; fix underway

November 15, 2011 |  8:49 am

John Wayne Airport fails test
Contractors at John Wayne Airport are frantically working to fix the baggage-screening system in its new $120-million terminal by the end of the month.

Terminal C opened to great fanfare on Monday, but people with luggage were still sent hiking to the old terminal, the Daily Pilot reported.

The terminal failed its federal baggage-screening certification last week and officials were forced to improvise, said airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge.

"That's just how the timing worked out for us," Wedge said. "It's unfortunate, but it's part of the process."

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Wedge said the airport learned Thursday that it didn't pass, and officials were planning to work around the problem.

"We knew that there's another terminal that could handle all of this," she said.

Travelers who do not have to check bags are able to pass through security in Terminal C, while those with luggage have to walk to Terminal B -- even if they parked in the new Parking Structure C.

Wedge did not know specifically why the system failed, but she said it was checked for its security screening accuracy and its efficiency, among other aspects. The test was one of the last procedures before opening the terminal.

Some of the terminal's new concessions are also still under construction, and a customs area will remain unused until the airport begins flights to Mexico.

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Photo: The new Terminal C in John Wayne Airport failed its federal baggage-screening certification last week and officials were forced to improvise, an airport spokeswoman says. Credit: Steven Georges / Times Community News

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