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New Explosive Detection Systems For Checked Baggage Installed At The Colorado Springs Airport
  New Explosive Detection Systems For Checked Baggage Installed At The Colorado Springs Airport
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New Explosive Detection Systems For Checked Baggage Installed At The Colorado Springs Airport

By Mark Earle

Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 29, 2010)

Over the past year, Colorado Springs Airport (COS) staff has been working with the TSA on a plan to upgrade the Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) at the Colorado Springs Airport. The new system will consist of an automated baggage belt system that will convey checked baggage through a system of Explosive Detection System (EDS) machines that utilize CT scan technology to detect explosives and other potentially hazardous materials. The new system will replace an existing system that relies on Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) technology, which requires a manual inspection of each checked bag.

The new, automated system will greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the checked baggage screening process. In addition, the ability of the system to inspect bags without opening them will afford passengers a much higher degree of personal privacy. Only those bags that are identified by the new system as a potential security threat will be opened for manual inspection.

To make room for installation of the new system, the TSA will relocate the checked baggage screening process to the airport ticket lobby. This temporary measure will be in effect for approximately 18 months while construction of the new system is underway on the lower level of the terminal building. The temporary inspection stations will be installed and tested during the week of March 29th will go into service Monday, April 5, 2010.

The new, automated CBIS system will require a significant capital investment by both the Airport and the TSA. For funding purposes, the system is broken down into two components - the automated baggage belt system and the EDS machines. The cost of the baggage belt system, which includes some modifications to the lower level of the terminal building, will be split between the TSA and the Airport. The cost of the EDS machines will be borne entirely by the TSA. No local tax dollars will be used in the funding of the new system.

Construction Budget
Building/Baggage Belt Modifications $14-16 million (cost split between TSA and Airport, percentage shares not yet established)
EDS Equipment $5.8 million (cost borne by TSA)
Source of TSA funds: Combination of TSA and ARRA funds
Source of Airport funds: Passenger Facility Charge Program

For additional information, contact Mark Earle at 719-550-1917.

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