The US Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to Boeing and Siemens to install and maintain explosives detection systems at the 438 U.S. airports serving commercial aviation.
The $1.37 billion contract, which will be managed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), also calls for the Boeing-Siemens team to train approximately 30,000 airport baggage-screening employees who annually check up to one billion items of luggage through America’s airports.
Legislation enacted by Congress in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks mandates the installation of detection systems in all 438 airports by December 31, 2002. The contract also has options to support the fielded equipment for five years beyond the December completion date.
Siemens will direct the installation of the equipment, including the positioning of the machines, site preparation and field service. Siemens also will continue to manage the field service through a long-term support agreement.
The contract requires the team to complete studies of passenger movement, architectural designs, structural changes and to co-ordinate the supply of 1,100 explosive detection system (EDS) machines and up to 6,000 explosive trace detection (ETD) devices.