New security system aims to make Tunica Airport safer

By Chip Washington - bio | email

TUNICA, MS (WMC-TV) - Officials at Tunica Airport say business and commuter air traffic in the Delta region is safer due to new technology being implemented at the facility.

Recently, the Transportation Security Administration unveiled a new Reveal Detection System machine for screening baggage.  Officials say it makes for an easier check-in process and improved overall security.

"When the bags go through it uses imaging capability, and then TSA agents looking at the monitors are able to discern if there's any product or hazardous item in the bag," Executive Director Cliff Nash said.

According to Nash, the baggage count adds up with an average of two departures a day.   Before getting the new machine, airport workers used two older machines that were very time consuming.

"It not only relieves their physical workload and backlog, it allows us to get the airplanes out in a more timely manner," Nash said.

The new security machines are needed because the airport is undergoing a major expansion.  The construction will triple its size from its current 14,000 square feet to almost 40,000.

" The plan of the terminal is so that we can support three aircraft on the ground with two simultaneous operations," Nash said.

The expansion should be completed by the Spring of 2011.

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