Los Angeles World Airports is set to receive $150 million in federal funds for a key baggage security project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) under an agreement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The funding will support the completion of the inline baggage screening program in several terminals at LAX, airport officials said. This project involves construction of new automated in-line baggage screening systems with enhanced technology to screen each piece of checked passenger luggage behind-the-scenes, officials said.
The program is intended to make travel through LAX safer, faster and more convenient by removing the explosive detection machines in airport terminal lobbies.
“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,” said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who advocated for the funding necessary to complete this important homeland security project.
The program represents a significant improvement in the overall security of the millions of passengers who use LAX, city and airport officials noted.
“Reducing long lines and long waits in the terminals will make passengers both happier and safer,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “Thanks to Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, these federal funds will finish the in-line baggage processing project and bring baggage security into the 21st century at LAX.”
The in-line baggage screening program represents a joint effort between TSA, LAX and its airlines partners.
“This project would not be possible without the financial backing of the TSA and our airlines,” LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said. “It’s a great example demonstrating that federal government, airlines and airports can work together to provide service and security for our passengers.”
LAWA has already completed construction of in-line baggage screening systems at LA/Ontario Airport and in Terminal 3 at LAX. The in-line baggage at Tom Bradley International Terminal will be completed in the coming months.