Orlando International Airport had a problem â€“ fifteen of them to be exact. Fifteen of their baggage carousels were relics. Dinosaurs, you might say, that had outlived their time. These ancient units averagedÂ 25 years on the job, well beyond their projected useful life.
OIA handles more checked bags than most other major airports due to ever-increasing aircraft traffic. The growing baggage volumes combined with changing baggage handling processes contributed to wear and tear on the older baggage carousels. Eventually the added wear led to outages and downtime. These interruptions in terminal operations were not much fun for airport management, airline personnel and passengers. Read Article