Denver’s airport says it won’t meet the Dec. 31 deadline for electronically checking every bag for explosives because a federal agency is sitting on money Congress earmarked for the startup. An airport official said the delay means there’s not enough time left this year to install automated explosive detection machines that must be integrated into an elaborate web of conveyors in the terminal’s basement, says the Rocky Mountain News.
Installation of enough machines at DIA to handle 12,000 bags an hour will cost an estimated $102 million. DIA had expected to receive $30 million from an appropriation Congress approved months ago to start putting in the machines. The official said that when he asks the U.S. Transportation Security Administration about the delay, “They say they don’t have the money they need.”
Rep. Bob Beauprez, R-Colo., said he had talked to Adm. James Loy, the agency’s head, about Denver’s missing money. “Let’s get on with it,” Beauprez said. “Things like this, you would think, would be very straightforward.”