Jetport gets $9M federal grant for explosives detection system for checked baggage

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PORTLAND — The Portland International Jetport was awarded a $9.2 million federal grant for a new security system capable of scanning checked baggage for explosive materials.  

The announcement was made Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

The grant was bolstered by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“This funding will help ensure that state-of-the-art technology is employed to boost security for passengers traveling through Maine’s largest airport,” Collins said. “In addition to improved security, this infusion of stimulus funding will also help provide additional economic opportunities in Maine.”

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, $1 billion in stimulus funds have been allocated to the Transportation Security Administration for aviation security projects; $700 million has been dedicated to checked baggage explosives detection technology and $300 million has been allocated for passenger checkpoint explosives detection technology.