MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami International Airport has gone through major transformations in the last few years and the changes will continue after the Transportation Security Administration gave the airport $101 million for a new baggage screening system.
The official announcement was made Friday morning and it will double the screening speed of the current system at MIA. It’s also the second-largest grant amount ever given out by the TSA to a U.S. airport.
The best part for travelers is that the grant covers 90 percent of the project’s total estimated costs.
Miami-Dade Aviation officials were heavily pursuing the grant which will also give the Central and South terminals the latest Explosives Detection Screening.
When all is said and done, the grant will replace the manual system in the Central Terminal (Concourses E,F, and G) and make renovations to the existing automated system currently in use in the South Terminal (Concourses H and J) to create one large system with new machines that 12 machines that can scan 800 bags per hour.
The project is expected to take five years to complete and will also have new post-security corridors for passengers between Concourses G & H.