Portland airport moving past 9/11 notoriety

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press
Posted Sept. 10, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Ten years ago, the ringleader of the 9/11 attacks strode through security at Maine’s Portland International Jetport to start a day that ended in death and destruction.

What followed were dark days for the airport and for the airline industry in general, but those days are becoming a distant memory in Portland as workers near completion of a colorful, $75 million passenger terminal that follows a pair of parking garage expansions totaling $60 million.

Airport Director Paul Bradbury said it’s a renaissance of sorts, with growing air service and passenger volume.

The 137,000-square-foot passenger terminal that opens Oct. 2 will feature the largest geothermal system at a U.S. airport. Security will be improved, with additional lanes for passenger screening and a hidden conveyor system with automated explosives detection for luggage.

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