20-Sep-2010 9:23 AM

Secretary Napolitano announces USD98m funding for security technologies

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced (17-Sep-2010) approximately USD98 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for advanced technology (AT) X-ray units and inline baggage screening systems, aimed at enhancing the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) ongoing efforts to strengthen airport security. The latest ARRA funds include approximately USD68.8 million – supplemented by USD17.5 million in fiscal year 2009 funds – for the purchase and installation of next-generation AT X-ray units to screen carry-on baggage for explosives and prohibited items at airports. TSA employs more than 940 AT X-ray units at airports nationwide. In addition, USD28.9 million from ARRA will fund the construction of an inline baggage screening system in Terminal 1 of Lambert-St Louis International Airport (STL). USD335,860 in ARRA funds will also go to Colorado Springs Airport (COS) to complete the design for a checked baggage screening system. [more]