DIA Testing Automated Baggage Check System

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Denver International Airport is testing a 13 million dollar prototype of what's being called the nation's most advanced automated system for screening checked baggage.

The explosives-checking system gives each bag the equivalent of
a C-T scan and decides which ones need more examination.

The Transportation Security Administration has provided three
machines for D-I-A. Each costs one million dollars, weighs
eight tons and can screen about 500 bags an hour.

The system just screens bags checked at a certain bank of ticket
counters. Only charter flights use those ticket counters now, but
American Airlines is expected to move its ticketing operation there
in coming weeks.

Diverted bags go to a station where T-S-A screeners conduct hand