New funding for airport security

New funding for airport security

Published: Aug. 9, 2010 at 8:33 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Orlando International Airport in Florida is receiving about $23 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to improve security.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the money will be used for the airport’s baggage screening system. The funding is the second windfall for Orlando International Airport. Last month Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced $7.5 million in ARRA money for the facility to expand its closed circuit television system.

“This state-of-the-art technology will strengthen security for travelers by enhancing our capability to detect and disrupt threats of terrorism,” said Napolitano said in a department news release. “Infusing vital recovery act funds into critical airport security technology projects at Orlando International Airport will create local jobs, streamline the passenger check-in process and bolster security at airports across the nation.”

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said enhanced baggage screening technology at Orlando “is a key part of TSA’s efforts to detect explosives, stay ahead of threats to aviation security and ensure the safety of the traveling public.”

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