TSA debuts state-of-the-art Checked Baggage Inspection System at LGB

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has completed certification on an upgraded and fully automated Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) to screen the checked luggage of travelers departing Long Beach Airport (LGB). The installation of the new system coincides with the completion of a new ticketing lobby, which will open to passengers on May 4, 2022. Both projects are part of recent upgrades to LGB’s airport facilities.

The CBIS features a network of conveyor belts that sorts and tracks travelers’ checked luggage, moving it seamlessly from the airline ticket counter, through the security screening process and onto the area where the luggage is loaded onto the aircraft. By law, TSA is required to screen all checked luggage for explosives and other security threats that could be catastrophic on an aircraft.

“We are grateful to our partners at Long Beach Airport for their investment in a state-of-the-art checked baggage screening system. This new, high-capacity upgrade will ensure that TSA’s screening operations are efficient while delivering the highest level of security, which is something travelers have come to expect,” said TSA Federal Security Director Keith Jeffries who oversees agency operations at LGB.

The CBIS features two Explosive Detection System (EDS) units that generate a 3-D X-ray image of the contents of each checked bag. Each EDS unit is capable of screening up to 600 bags per hour.

The EDS is programmed to analyze the contents of a checked bag to determine if it cleared for travel or needs further inspection. TSA has an established process in place to screen any bag flagged by the EDS unit and resolve any security threats.

The CBIS cost $25.5 million and was funded jointly by federal grants and airport revenue. The new system replaces one that was originally designed as an interim facility following the events of 9/11. The relocation of the checked baggage operation will allow for access to the west side of the historic terminal at LGB.