ORLANDO, FL. — Orlando International Airport is scheduled to receive $6.4 million from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as partial repayment for security upgrades following 9/11. Under the 2018 Omnibus Appropriation bill, Congress included $50 million to begin to reimburse airports that incurred costs for partial or completed in-line baggage screening systems prior to August 3, 2007. TSA was also directed to develop a plan for how it will reimburse the balance of these claims in future budget requests.
Orlando International Airport is owed close to $28 million.
“The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority would like to thank Florida’s congressional delegation for their stalwart support on this issue,” said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chief Executive Officer Phil Brown. “There is no higher priority than providing a safe and secure travel experience for our millions of customers and we are gratified that Congress and the TSA share our commitment to fund the necessary screening technology.”
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, several airports diverted money from other important projects in order to make the upfront investment for in-line installation of explosive detection system (EDS) equipment, an activity that clearly is a federal responsibility. This action not only strengthened our nation’s aviation security, but has saved TSA a significant amount of money from a reduced screening workforce and fewer workers compensation claims.
Basic MCO information:
Ranked by J.D. Power “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Mega Airports” in 2017. With more than 45 million annual passengers, MCO is the busiest airport in Florida and 11 th busiest in the U.S. MCO has 21,000 badged employees and generates $31 billion in revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.