Jacksonville International Airport Security Services

RS&H served as the lead architect/engineer for the design of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) pilot program for integrated baggage screening at Jacksonville International Airport. The system was the first Hold Baggage Screening and Handling System to include a fully integrated Explosive Detection System (EDS) for screening of all checked luggage. This system also included a sophisticated multiple air carrier sortation conveyor system that received all airline checked luggage either from the ticket counter or curbfront, merged the bags into a single EDS screening room, circulated the bags through the screening process, and then returned the bags to the respective carriers. The team also implemented a Radio Frequency Identification system (RFID) for the positive tracking of bags through the entire system.

The integrated baggage screening systems was honored by the Florida Department of Transportation as the project of the year in aviation. Later, as a part of a significant terminal expansion project, RS&H assisted the airport in increasing the system’s capacity by modifying the original design to include screening pods in each terminal wing.

Other security services at Jacksonville International Airport have included the design and construction administration for the airport’s centralized security checkpoint expansion. This project consolidated three passenger screening checkpoints into one central area and provided all the features and adequate space for the TSA’s operation. RS&H also performed a site assessment for airport’s security systems, designed and implemented a computer controlled access and CCTV system, and assisted the airport with the development of bid documents and securing the necessary federal grant funding. Additionally, RS&H performed a blast analysis that permitted the airport to re-occupy their parking facility with little disruption.

Project Information

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Aviation Authority