PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland is one of two airports in the country with a new system to secure exits.
It's called Exit Lane Breach Control Containment System, and it adds cameras and motion control sensors to exit terminals, instead of relying upon security guards.
In airports like the Jetport, the unscreened public can enter the facility and stand outside the exit terminal as passengers leave planes and walk toward the baggage claim area.
If someone were to carry a weapon into the Jetport, the terminal doors opening and closing could provide an opportunity for someone to run in, breaching security.
Now, the new system will detect when a person or object is flowing in the wrong direction, entering the exit terminal.
Alarms sound, and video footage captures the incident.
The system cost the Jetport more than $400,000, but Jetport Director Paul Bradbury expects that investment to save the Jetport money in the near future.
He said paying for a security guard to man the exit costs the Jetport more than $100,000 a year.