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$35M Baggage Screening System Ready At San Diego Airport

Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport is now fully equipped with a new state-of-the-art baggage system designed to get your luggage to and from the plane faster than ever.

Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport is now fully equipped with a new state-of-the-art baggage system designed to get your luggage to and from the plane faster than ever.

With nearly 17 million passengers, the airport is on the tail-end of a four-year, $1 billion makeover. It's the largest project in the airport's 80-year history and means 10 new gates, enhanced curbside check-in and expanded dining and shopping areas for passengers.

But the crowning jewel of the project may be something more out of view.

The new baggage system is a one-and-a-half mile conveyer system that separates bags, screens them for explosives and sends them on to be cleared or physically inspected.

From start to finish, screening a bag will take about 10 minutes.

"It's a win for the airport because it makes us an airport that's right on the cutting edge of how to make (it) operate efficiently," said Thella Bowens, CEO of the San Diego Airport Authority.

The new baggage screening and explosives system cost $35 million. Ninety percent of it was paid for by the Department of Homeland Security.

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