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Airport Baggage Handling System Guide

To develop a comprehensive resource on Baggage Handling System (BHS) planning and design aimed at assisting airport planners, manufacturers and airport operators. The report will help planners and architects to design new BHS, expand or modify existing systems and provide improved operation and maintenance. The goal of the report should be to supplement existing design criteria including publications from TSA, IATA and FAA among others.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Baggage handling is a key component of airport terminal design planning. Quick and efficient movement of baggage to and from airplane is key for optimizing airport capacity. In today's world, baggage is also a major source of income for many airlines. Post 9/11, the entire process of bag screening went through a sea of changes. The creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and introduction of in-line screening not only had a major impact on planning and designing of these spaces but also affected the way terminal is planned. Most of the US airports, which were built before 9/11, found it challenging to accommodate these changes in existing terminal facilities and went through major planning exercises to expand terminal buildings. Today, baggage handling systems are one of the most complex components of a terminal and a thorough understanding of their workflow and key components are needed for efficient and sustainable deployment and operation in terminal buildings.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

To develop a comprehensive resource on Baggage Handling System (BHS) planning and design aimed at assisting airport planners, manufacturers and airport operators. The report will help planners and architects to design new BHS, expand or modify existing systems and provide improved operation and maintenance. The goal of the report should be to supplement existing design criteria including publications from TSA, IATA and FAA among others.

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