June 20, 2016
Jacksonville International Airport is boosting its security when it comes to baggage screening.
The close to $19 million project is in its second phase at the airport.
Crews will be installing new screening machines Monday at the south side ticketing area. The CTX9800 screening machines can detect explosives through 3D imaging.
“The machines we had initially installed had really reached the end of their useful life and had to be replaced the newer technology is more efficient,” said Debbie Jones community relations administrator for Jacksonville Aviation Authority.
During the installation, passengers with American, Southwest, Allegiant and Air Canada will have to take their bags to a temporary bag drop once they check in. Curbside check-in will still be available.
“This should not add any time, we completed this project on the north side of the terminal and had no issues at all,” Jones said.
Upgrades to the HBS conveyor system and other modifications on the north side ticketing area were completed June 7.
The bagging screening project is expected to be completed by November.
JIA encourages passengers to arrive 90 minutes before their flight and allow 45 minutes to check in their bags.