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New baggage screening system unveiled on Maui

KAHULUI, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new machine is making Maui's Kahului airport a little safer. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) dedicated a state-of-the-art explosive detection system Thursday.

It screens baggage for explosives, weapons and other contraband materials. Passengers can now check their bags at the ticket counter and no longer have to carry them to explosive detection machines.

"Along with improving air travel security, the new EDS will open up lobby space at our airport. This will help simplify the flight check-in process for our air travelers and help maintain a positive first and last impression of our state that travelers receive when they visit our airports" said DOT Director Brennon Morioka.

The system was constructed by Utah-based Bodell Construction Company at a cost of $24.6 million. $18.5 million of the funds came from federal economic stimulus dollars through the TSA.

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