Pricey LAX baggage screener runs at half capacity

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Officials at Los Angeles International Airport say a $140 million baggage screening facility in its recently remodeled international terminal has been able to process luggage at only about half the intended rate.

Deputy Airport Director Roger Johnson tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/GzQhrv) on Monday that the facility intended to screen more than 3,200 pieces of luggage an hour has instead been clearing between 1,500 and 1,800 bags.

The facility uses a complex system of conveyors, but Johnson blames the problem on inadequate operational procedures instead of mechanical difficulties.

Johnson says that at rare but problematic peak travel times, bags have had to be sent to another terminal to be screened.

The problem could worsen when the terminal's continued renovations bring two new concourses and six new gates in 2013.