Tulsa Airport Examines Baggage System

Frequent problems have prompted a $427,719 study of the five-year-old outbound system while it considers replacing the 30-year-old inbound system.

Plans are under way to replace the inbound system's electrical motors, belts, supporting structure and electrical controls. A request for bids on the project will be made in the next few weeks, Hough said, and construction should begin early next year.

"We're getting to the point of metal fatigue and other problems where you just can't fix it anymore," Hough said. "You can drive a car 150,000 to 200,000 miles, but at some point you start putting maintenance into it and having reliability issues.

"At that point, you just need to buy a new one."

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