A groundbreaking ceremony for a new explosive-detection system was held at Honolulu Airport on Aug. 26.

"As part of our statewide $2.3 billion Airports Modernization Plan, the EDS project will provide many benefits such as improving air travel security, opening up lobby space at our airport, and helping to simplify the flight check-in process for our air travelers," said Brennon Morioka, director of Hawaii's Department of Transportation. "This provides a very positive impression of our state that travelers receive when they visit our airports."

The installation of the Honolulu EDS will cost about $61 million and is scheduled for completion in early 2013.

Sixteen state-of-the-art, in-line explosive-detection machines will be installed in lobbies 4, 5, 7, and 8 as well as the Overseas Terminal. Construction of new baggage handling systems will also take place along with improvements to existing ticket lobbies and the addition of four explosive trace detection rooms.

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