Objection raised to airport security project
BURBANK The Bob Hope Airport plans to build a facility so screeners can check bags away from the Terminal B lobby, but some residents are forcing the City Council to take another look at the project. Stan Hyman and David Piroli oppose the project, saying it violates a 2005 agreement between Burbank and the airport meant to temporarily block airport expansion. They have appealed the city’s decision to approve the screening improvements. Airport officials, however, say it’s a matter of safety. “If you have a suspect b Air Max 2015 ag that really could have an explosive device in it, it’s much better not to have it in a public area,” said Victor Gill, spokesman for the airport. Because of the appeal f Air Max 2015 rom Hyman and Piroli, the Burbank City Council is scheduled to make a final decision Jan. 22 on the airport’s request to build the facility. Meanwhile, the airport is receiving public comment through Jan. 21 on the environmental review for the project, which would be a 6,500 square foot baggage screening facility encased in a blast resistant one story structure. The facility estimated to cost $8 million to $10 million to build would be located south of Terminal B, which it would serve. Terminal A already has a similar system, which takes bags on conveyor belts to an isolated inspection area. The airport is going forward with plans to build the facility, although Los Angeles International Airport commissioners have scrapped plans for a similar but larger system that would go into five terminals at LAX. In turning over plans for the project to airlines at LAX, commissioner Air Max 2015 s last month said the project was becoming too expensive and too technologically complicated for Los Angeles World Airports to undertake. Residents around the Bob Hope Airport have long voiced complaints about noise, and the 2005 development agreement was meant to calm their concerns about the airport’s expanding. Hyman, 73, who is retired from a career in real estate, is a foe of airport expansion. He said the baggage screening system proposed for the Bob Hope Airport would allow for more bags and more passengers to be processed than with the current system. “They’re using safety as a red herring or a canard to try to frighten people into thinking that it’s unsafe,” he said. Hyman said his main objection is not to the proposed screening facility, but to the city’s deciding that the project is allowed under the 2005 agreement. “We have an agreement. Let’s either stick to the agreement or go in and change the agreement,” he said. A private attorney hired by the city has determined that the agreement allows the project because the federal Transportation Safety Administration needs it to house new scanning equipment. The TSA plans to spend $2.5 million for scanning equipment called the CTX 9000 that would operate in the new f Air Max 2015 acility, Gill said. If the project is approved, the screening facility would be operational by early 2009, he said.