New security measures heading to Birmingham airport

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham Airport Authority says new security changes are on the way as part of a multi-million dollar expansion project slated to begin in January.

The changes would include having one security checkpoint for all passengers.

As it stands now, each concourse has a passenger screening area.  Also, passengers would leave their baggage with airline personnel as they check in.  Those employees would then get luggage to TSA screeners instead of passengers passing them along.

BAA officials say the changes would make it easier for passengers and allow the TSA to work in a more controlled environment.

"It'll definitely put TSA into an environment that's more industry standard right now, where they do have the in-line bagging to promote the efficiency of processing bags," says Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokesperson for the Authority.

She says consolidating the checkpoint will allow the TSA to more efficiently use their personnel.

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