The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has approved a funding agreement for a checked baggage screening system at Los Angeles International Airport.

The Airport Commission voted to approve a $40-million reimbursement agreement with United Airlines, Inc., for the design and construction costs associated with an inline Checked Baggage Inspection System Project in Terminals 7 and 8 at LAX.

The project is intended to improve and automate security screening of checked baggage and is expected to make traveling through Terminals 7 and 8 safer, faster and more convenient for passengers, airport officials said.

The approved agreement allows for transfer of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) funds through Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to United Airlines for approved costs associated with the design and construction of the screening system. LAWA is the city agency that owns and operates LAX.

The approval follows a 2003 memorandum of agreement, in which TSA committed to reimburse LAWA up to 75 percent of costs related to inline baggage screening projects at LAX and LA/Ontario International Airport, officials said.

“This is a big step forward in the modernization of the airport because we are providing much needed upgrades to the level of service and convenience for our domestic travelers,” LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said.