Category - Baggage

Baltimore/Washington Int'l Optimizes Baggage Handling System

After Southwest Airlines acquired AirTran Airways last year, its Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) went from taxed to overloaded. "Our flights peak at 199 flights per day, and AirTran was running 48 flights per day," recalls Jimmy Dickerson, manager of federal airport security technology for Southwest. "Our CBIS could not by itself handle the combined baggage for the two carriers."

Independent, Integrated Lab Puts Baggage Systems to the Test

The Airport Integration Test Lab was officially inaugurated at Vic Thompson Company (VTC) headquarters in Arlington, TX, in October to offer objective third-party testing of baggage systems and passenger screening in an operationally realistic environment.

Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l Establishes New Model

Elements of the 1 million-square-foot baggage handling system that began operating in Terminal A at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) last May could start appearing in other airports throughout the nation. In addition to eliciting compliments from passengers and the firms involved with the project, the new system received the ultimate nod: TSA plans to use it as a prototype for how other airports should model their in-line systems.

New Baggage Handling System Ready for Fort Lauderdale's Peak Season

As a key transit point for cruise ship passengers, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) experiences pronounced surges in traffic January through April. Previously, the seasonal peaks taxed its baggage handling capacity - primarily due to the slow, cumbersome outbound baggage handling system (BHS) in Terminal 1.

Austin-Bergstrom Int'l Teams with American Airlines & TSA in Self-Tag Pilot

When news of possible self-tagging for baggage first broke, some commentators poked fun at the idea. "What's next?" quipped one broadcaster. "Are passengers going to be expected to fuel the aircraft?"

Tampa Int'l Boosts Bag Claim Efficiency with $21.1 Million Project

Tampa International Airport (TPA) is known for exceeding passenger expectations. Frequent flyers participating in the 2010 Zagat Survey voted it their second favorite U.S. airport, and J.D. Power and Associates' 2010 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey ranked it No. 3 among medium-sized airport.

New Year Brings Hope of Final BHS Commissioning at Nashville Int'l

Nashville International Airport's New Year's resolution is to have its $32 million integrated baggage handling and security screening system vetted and approved for use in early 2011.

Kahului Airport Adds Inline Explosive Detection

A new high-speed inline baggage handling system at Kahului Airport (OGG) is the first of its kind in Hawaii, and among the first in the United States to be completed with federal stimulus funds.

Lift-Assist Equipment Helps Decrease Injuries at IND

While the New Indianapolis International Airport (IND) was under construction, airport and Transportation Security Administration personnel took pause to examine a problem plaguing the agency nationwide: on-the-job injuries.

Atlanta, TSA Co-op to Increase Security, Decrease Claims with CCTV

As the nation's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) also ranks among the top 10 airports in the nation for claims filed with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). But ATL and TSA have joined forces to curb this unwanted status.

BWI Expands Baggage Handling Capacity to Support AirTran Growth

Five years ago, AirTran was operating 20 flights a day out of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Lately, it has tripled that volume with daily flights peaking above 60.

Bermuda's L.F. Wade Int'l Leases New Baggage Reconciliation System

L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) in Bermuda decided to skip the technology ride altogether for baggage reconciliation. Instead of purchasing a new system that could be obsolete in a few months, it leases BagScan from Quantum Aviation Solutions for a fixed monthly fee. Other BagScan users pay per bag or per flight departure.

Upgraded Baggage System Takes Over Commuter Apron in Pittsburgh

With the implementation of the North Terminal Inline EDS Project, Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) can now claim the largest conveyor system in the country with 100% in-line bag screening.

Southwest Florida Cleans Up Baggage Loading Process

When its state-of-the-art terminal opened in September 2005, Southwest Florida International Airport was one of the first airports in the nation to operate an inline baggage handling system with fully automated explosives detection. As such, the Lee County facility was one of the first airports in the nation to fully realize the complexities of such a system.

Customer Service Enhanced with BHS Expansion

The Houston Airport System (HAS) has a long-term initiative to eliminate all customer experience difficulties from Terminal A to Terminal E at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Speedy and accurate baggage delivery has been an area of recent focus.

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