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3/21/2007 - Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board Approves Plan to Screen Employees at Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, FL. – The Board of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) unanimously approved a plan to enhance security screening systems for Orlando International Airport (MCO) employees. The approval allocates an estimated $5 million dollars for one year of operation to include the purchase of new equipment and staffing. Orlando International is only the second airport in the United States to make this type of investment in employee enhanced screening for the traveling public.

“With today’s decision we emphasize that security is our top priority and we are going above and beyond what is required in federal guidelines for airports nationwide. This is something we feel strongly in doing to ensure the confidence and safety of our passengers and to support the economic vitality of business in our region,” says Jeff Fuqua, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

The Board’s approval of the authority’s plan reduces access, adds technology and enhances screening of airport employees. GOAA has entered into an emergency contract with Covenant Aviation Security, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) certified company, to immediately assist with enhanced employee screening operations. Funding for the plan comes from 1997 revenue bonds and current Operations and Maintenance funds. The Authority will also continue working with our Florida congressional delegation to seek federal pilot program status for future funding and other available appropriations.

Orlando International Airport, the busiest passenger airport in Florida with nearly 35 million passengers annually, is also the best large airport in customer service according to a 2007 Airport Revenue News Magazine survey.

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For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407)825-2055.

 

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