b'18 ORD TERMINALSFlooring was upgraded to terrazzo in the walkways and carpetwas built in 1993 and limited the overall throughput of baggage. tiles in holdrooms. Renovated restrooms include fully integratedT5, like many airports in the U.S., had a retrofitted explosives solid-surface countertop sinks from Sloan. The airport also addeddetection system put in place after Sept. 11th, Hoxie notes. nursing mothers rooms and all-gender family restrooms.This new checked baggage inspection system eliminates that A new lounge for LOT Polish Airlines that is still in the designconstraint and provides the new equipment TSA uses to screen phase will pay homage to Chicagos large Polish community.bags more efficiently. We now have a much more efficient way to Space is available for two other premium passenger lounges, butsort them, plus more capacity, better screening and automation. those airlines have not yet been identified. And the system is more resilient.A pod of five new Smiths Detection CTX 9800 explosives Checked Baggage Upgradesdetection system scanners was installed, with room to add a sixth The terminals checked baggage system was upgraded with fivemachine. The new equipment supplements an existing pod of new computed tomography (CT) scanners, as its previous systemfour scanners installed several years ago. Each pod has a separate network in a common information technology room, and each has a separate inspection area due to the terminals infrastructure. A common screening room allows TSA officers to view images generated by both pods and all nine scanners from a single location. This provides a great deal of value in terms of efficiency, labor requirements, convenience and consolidation of TSA screening efforts, says Joe Kennedy, business development manager of Smiths DetectionSmiths worked with other project partners to provide a unique solution tailored to T5s infrastructure. Along with the additional baggage security, the project also incorporated an entirely new $100 million baggage handling system from Vanderlande Industries. The previous system, which was 30 years old, used piers for sorting baggage; the new system uses carousels. A lot of mechanical equipment on the old system was becoming increasingly unreliable, says Hoxie. The new baggage system is more energy-efficient and has more total capacity. The pier approach was good for allocating one pier to one flight when involving large aircraft. But when you start having smaller aircraft, a carousel is much more efficient. It allows multiple flights to use the same device to load bags and sort bags onto carts, which can go right onto the aircraft.Art Masri, director of sales at Vanderlande, compares the T5 SEE OUR PRODUCT IN THE AIRPORT SEATING ALLIANCE BOOTH - #1432 baggage handling project to performing open heart surgery while running a marathon.ART MASRIservice@ex-cell.com | (847) 451-0451September 2023AirportImprovement.com'