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TSA Gets Funding to Ramp Up Airport Security

The Transportation Security Administration(TSA)'s security efforts and employment opportunities received a boost, following Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s announcement that $56 million of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARPA) funds will be sent to airports in Charlotte, St. Louis and Orlando.

The allotted funds will provide a new inline baggage screening system in the main terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and as well as security upgrades in Terminals One and Two at St. Louis International Airport.

Orlando International Airport will claim $7.5 million to expand their closed circuit television system with several hundred cameras to increase security surveillance within the facility.

Along with the obvious benefit of increased security measures, the funding would also create more jobs at the TSA, and make the ticketing process easier and expedite bag search.

“These enhanced inline baggage screening systems and expanded surveillance capabilities will strengthen our ability to detect and disrupt threats of terrorism,“ Secretary Napolitano said. “By utilizing Recovery Act funds to enhance vital airport security technology projects, we will continue to streamline the passenger check-in process and enhance airport security, while boosting local economies.“

According to DHS, of the $1 billion of ARPA funds allocated to TSA for aviation security projects, $734 million is given to screening checked baggage and $266 million is allocated for checkpoint explosives detection technologies.

President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law last year.

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