A web of conveyor belts would whisk bags directly from the ticket counters to the screening rooms, allowing travelers to drop off their luggage when they check in, much like in the old days. On Monday, the airport commission inked a $192 million contract with Swinerton Builders for a new baggage system in Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Additional costs included in the project – such as inspections and utility upgrades – bring the project’s final price to $224.75 million. The main international terminal is already undergoing a floor-to-ceiling renovation that includes a new baggage system. Airport officials expect to hire a contractor for the remaining terminals next month. The new baggage systems should be ready to sort and screen by 2009 or 2010. The truck-size bag-screening machines that clutter the lobbies of Los Angeles International Airport would disappear into the background of some terminals under a project approved Monday worth nearly $225 million. The machines have been a part of air travel since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Passengers have had to haul bags to one of them, often creating crowds that could be vulnerable to attack. Officials also want the machines out to open up more space. Their plans call for new screening rooms – in some cases, new buildings – that would get the big machines out of sight and out of the way. In all, the Los Angeles airport agency expects to spend nearly $900 million to upgrade the baggage systems at LAX and L.A./Ontario International Airport. It has been counting on the federal government to reimburse most of the cost, but a recent report indicated that might not happen. [email protected] (310) 543-6649160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!