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$35M Baggage Screening System Ready At San Diego Airport

Evening Edition

Aired 5/8/13 on KPBS News.

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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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 7, 2013 at 10:16 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Read the article closely.

Now, read it again and ask yourself what's NOT included in the 1 BILLION dollar makeover.

MORE RUNWAY SPACE.

This will, mark my words, go down in history as one of he biggest wastes of money in our cities history.

They are basically building more space for people to park, wait, and eat in for when the airport starts getting backed-up and can't do anything about it because there's no room for another runway.

And Ms. Bowens, cutting edge? Don't most major airports already have this technology?

SAN is about as far from "cutting edge" as I've seen for other airports serving metro areas of our size.

And that includes foreign airports in poorer countries.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 7, 2013 at 10:21 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Gee willikers, next we gonna hear they got some 'o them fancy TVs showin what time them planes leave.

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