New and faster baggage screen system unveiled at MIA

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - Many can agree the screening process at airports is a tedious task, but Miami International Airport is using technology to make it not only more efficient, but faster.

Airport officials announced on Tuesday morning they will be using a new state-of-the-art system to screen travelers’ luggage bags.

The new system can screen over 7,000 bags an hour, and it is the largest of its kind.

The project cost a total of $324 million and was partially funded by a grant from the Transportation Security Administration.

“The luggage will arrive quicker with reduced risk of injury to the baggage handlers,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Cava.

The new system will serve the Central and South terminals, and it is equipped with 12 explosive detection machines.

“Twelve machines are replacing the work of 25 explosive detection system machines,” said TSA Federal Security Director Daniel Ronan.

Autonomous inspection tables will be used for bags that require additional screening. They will transport the bags by a floor track to TSA inspection stations.

“Miami International Airport is always looking for newer technology that provides faster, safer screening and more security for those who are going to travel out from the country,” said Ronan.

Nearly 20 airlines are now utilizing the system, but airport officials said 50 airlines will ultimately use it.

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