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TPA Bag Claim level getting an updated look

The carpet, lighting, ceilings and digital signage are being refreshed on the Main Terminal’s first floor.

Bag Claim refresh baggage belt

Travelers headed to pick up their checked luggage at TPA will soon see updates being made across the entire first floor of the Main Terminal.

The Bag Claim areas on both the Red and Blue Sides are getting refreshed, with new carpet, lighting, drop ceilings and updated LED signage on the baggage belts.

The work is being done to update the finishes and functionality on the first floor to make it brighter and more user-friendly. The ceiling system dates back to 1998 and is due to be replaced, and the carpet has been in use since 2008 and is seeing the effects of constant wear and tear.

The LED monitors on the baggage belt tips (the signs above the belts that identify them by number) are being upgraded to larger screens with higher resolution. The first example of the new signage has already been installed on Bag Claim 15 on the Red Side – the sign was replaced in November to test the new equipment. 

Travelers will notice work beginning on January 8.

Work crews will focus on the renovations in six phases, starting with Red Side baggage belts 9, 10 and 11 on the west side of the Main Terminal. The belts will be taken out of service overnight between midnight and 8 a.m. but will function during the day.

There also will be a partial lane closure on the Red Arrivals drive at doors 161 and 162 to assist with moving materials.

The entire refresh is scheduled to be finished by December 2024. The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board of Directors approved $18.4 million for the construction at its August meeting. DPR Construction is performing the work.