Ellis Airport replacing conveyor belts to keep lines shorter

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RICHLANDS, N.C. (WNCT) – Ellis Airport could soon have new conveyor belts to help keep lines shorter.

It’s part of a one million dollar project to replace the airport’s current manually operated conveyors with power operated ones at baggage screening lines. It allows TSA to screen bags faster.

Ellis Airport Director Chris White said Camp Lejeune Marines are a big part of why the new conveyors are needed, “The Albert J. Ellis Airport has about twice the national average of baggage per passenger as other airports and the military personnel travel with more baggage than usual.”

White said construction will begin sometime within the next six to twelve months.

The TSA will pay for about 95 percent of the total cost of the project.

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