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Schumer wants upgrade of baggage explosives detection at Buffalo airport

WASHINGTON – Sen. Charles E. Schumer is pushing the Transportation Security Administration to upgrade the explosives detection system at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, saying the out-of-date system frequently causes delays in the checked bag system.

"The Buffalo Niagara International Airport reports that the scanners repeatedly break down and checked baggage frequently does not make the same flights as the owners," the New York Democrat said Thursday in a letter to Huban Gowadia, acting administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. "This results in interrupted passenger travel as owners wait at their destination for baggage to arrive on a different flight."

The TSA has not committed to a timeline to upgrade this equipment, and initial indications are that it could take a number of years, said Schumer, who urged the agency to move forward with the project as soon as possible.

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