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Logan to get new $140m baggage screening system

Airport officials say improved technology will speed up the process

Logan International Airport is getting a new $140 million baggage screening system to replace what was the first system in the US to screen every piece of checked baggage via a conveyor belt. The new system will allow bags to pass through more quickly, airport officials said.

The project will be funded with a $68 million grant from the Transportation Security Administration for an upgraded baggage belt system and centralized screening facility, and $22 million from the Massachusetts Port Authority -- which operates Logan -- to renovate screening rooms and build new ones. The TSA is also expected to provide about $50 million for new screening technology.

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Massport’s board approved the expenditure yesterday. The project will also consolidate 11 baggage viewing rooms, where agents examine luggage on-screen, into one facility. Construction will take place over the next three years.

“Massport is to be commended for their ongoing investment and forward-leaning approach to security,” George Naccara, TSA Federal Security Director at Logan, said in a statement. “These technology upgrades will streamline the baggage screening process and will free up more of our resources for frontline security functions and pilot programs designed to create a more risk-based, intelligence-driven security environment.”

Also , the Massport board approved the purchase of a 12th Vammas snowplow with a 24-foot plow and a 250-mile-per hour blower for snow removal. It will replace a 27-foot Oshkosh plow that will be redeployed at Worcester Regional Airport.

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