John Schalliol, A.A.E., executive director of South Bend Regional Airport, recently was presented with a certificate from TSA to acknowledge his assistance in the installation of new baggage screening equipment at the airport.
Making the presentation on behalf of TSA was Dave Kane, federal security director for the State of Indiana; Daryn Frank, assistant federal security director at South Bend; and Pati Bauschke, program analyst.
During the presentation, Kane stated that a congressionally imposed challenge faced by TSA was the requirement to screen 100 percent of checked baggage. The most obvious solution, which would have required an expenditure of up to $500,000 and a major construction project in the terminal, was not acceptable. Kane explained that South Bend Regional Airport, under the direction of Schalliol, was successful in finding a creative, cost effective and timely alternative. This ensured the ability of TSA to move the baggage screening equipment out of the airport lobby and into the airline operations areas, providing better service for passengers and better efficiency for TSA, with the additional benefit of reducing employee injury.
Schalliol thanked the local airlines and TSA for their cooperation, and the airport staff including Bruce MacLachlan, manager of operations and maintenance, and Cliff Jenkins, terminal maintenance supervisor, for their work in the successful installation of the new baggage screening equipment.