Siemens Awarded Baggage Screening System Contract for Pensacola Regional Airport in the U. S.

Siemens has been awarded a more than 5 million euro design-build contract from Greenhut Construction Co. for a new in-line baggage screening system at the Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport.

The design-build project will apply the design guidelines rolled out by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for all new baggage screening systems. Siemens will provide 438 m of baggage handling conveyor, 11 Siemens patented high-speed diverters, and a screening matrix consisting of four explosive detection systems and four vertical sort units. Siemens will also provide eight baggage piers for carrier-specific sortation and three baggage carousels to replace the existing ones. With the new system, baggage checked at the ticket counter will go through the security screening system, to the baggage piers and then onto the waiting planes in a single continuous, seamless operation.

Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport is the fastest growing airport between New Orleans and Jacksonville. The airport saw more than 1.6 million passengers in 2007 and has experienced more than 40 percent passenger growth since 2001.

Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport (PRA) serves Northwest Florida and southern Alabama and provides air service to Charlotte, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Memphis and Tampa by six carriers.

As far as air passengers are concerned, an indispensible element for a safe and comfortable flight is the inspection of all carried luggage in scanning stations prior to takeoff.

Editor: Franz-Ferdinand Friese (+49 9131 746032)

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