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Airport to upgrade Baggage Handling System

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority is upgrading its baggage handling system. According to a release, the $26 million system will allow Guam’s Airport Authority to double the capacity of baggage handling and screening while freeing up space in the terminal.

The project is funded by a grant from Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration and is expected for completion by 2016. It’s noted the DHS/TSA funding is normally granted to U.S. large hub airports however Guam’s Airport Authority was persistent since TSA baggage screening pods were already installed and operated in the ticket lobby. 

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics LLC is the airport’s contractors for the project. For the next 22 months, they will replace the Airport’s baggage handling system with an upgraded state-of-the-art system with three new pods featuring automated screening technology. The new system’s throughput capacity enables the screening of up to 680 bags an hour for each machine compared to the current manual system that screens at most 200 bags an hour.

Airport Executive Manager Chuck Ada says the Airport has had its challenges with the baggage x-ray machines in the ticket lobby area taking up valuable real estate “and with the new system, everything will be moved to the back of the house and with TSA’s inspections fully integrated with the airlines’ baggage movement from check-in to plane loading.”
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