Orlando Airport Partially Reimbursed for Federal Security Upgrades

(Photo: Orlando Airport)
(Photo: Orlando Airport)

Orlando International Airport has announced it is scheduled to receive $6.4 million from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as partial repayment for security upgrades following the 9/11 attacks upon the USA.  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.  The 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 says it is owed close to $28 million.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO, Phil Brown, commented: “The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority would like to thank Florida’s congressional delegation for their stalwart support on this issue.  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.”

The airport issued the following statement: “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.”