MassPort Official: Airport Explosives Detectors Very Costly

Sanchez, Humberto
June 2003
Bond Buyer;6/25/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31664, p29
Trade Publication
The Massachusetts Port Authority's Logan International Airport in Boston estimates that it will cost about $1.7 million a year to power and clean its new in-line baggage screening equipment, Massport director of finance Betsy Taylor said. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Congress passed a law requiring the nation's 429 largest airports to install equipment to screen all checked bags for explosives by January. Most airport operators decided to temporarily place the minivan-sized apparatus in their lobbies in order to meet the deadline and then seek federal funds to find a more permanent location behind the check-in counters. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport, is conducting feasibility studies to determine where to permanently place the explosives detection machines.


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