SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco International Airport is getting $15 million in federal stimulus money for a new baggage handling system that officials say will speed up the check-in process and improve security.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the funding for a new inline baggage handling system Thursday during a tour of the airport. The money is coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by Congress earlier this year.

Officials say the new baggage system will eliminate the need for passengers to walk their checked luggage to a Transportation Security Administration screening station. It also has enhanced explosive detection technology and is expected to reduce repeat bag scans and physical searches.

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