The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is improving its baggage screening system by enlarging the conveyor belt used to screen bags once they’re checked in.
Airport director John Kinney said the upgrade is necessary because the current conveyor belts for checked baggage are “antiquated and overwhelmed.” This upgrade will help ensure that a bag makes it on the same plane as its owner.
Beginning this holiday week, passengers will take their checked bags to a “drop and go” site near the ticketing kiosks.
Kinney said the airport planned to start construction during this offseason, instead of peak travel time, but the equipment needed is just now available.
TSA, the airport and the airlines are splitting the cost for the update, which will total $1.9 million.