Maryland Department of Transportation—Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS)

Bag screening at airports is a complicated process, but a vital one in keeping all fliers and airport staff safe. In an effort to both improve working conditions for Transportation Security Administration personnel and more efficiently screen baggage for greater security, Maryland DOT built and successfully launched the Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) at the BWI Marshall Airport.

Before the new $19.3 million system, TSA often experienced backups of baggage all the way to the ticket counter when demand exceeded system capacity. TSA was also unequipped to handle the future growth, especially on the international concourse. The CBIS built new enclosures at three terminal locations (two domestic and one international) to optimize security and save TSA personnel time and energy. The state-of-the-art system includes two Explosion Detection Systems machines, each designed to screen 674 bags per hour, as well as enhanced conveyors, controls, and operating systems. The end result is a much more efficient screening process, which keeps all air passengers, airport dwellers, and staff safe in this very busy airport.