TSA implements stricter screening procedures for carry-on items
The Transportation Security Administration recently began implementing stricter screening procedures for airline passengers with carry-on items.
In an effort to ensure the security of passengers and airports from the potential threat of bombings or shootings, TSA officers are now requiring travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in separate bins for X-ray screening. TSA says the new procedure will allow officers to obtain a clearer X-ray image.
TSA began implementing the new procedures at Valley International Airport in Harlingen on Friday.
"Today's the first time I've flown in a while and I hadn't given it a lot of thought until I boarded the plane. I felt safer knowing that they had checked those items," said 57-year-old Kim Rhoades, who flew in from Ohio.
According to TSA, the new procedure's extra vigilance and tighter security is due to an increased threat to aviation security, like the deadly bombing outside the Brussels airport last year.
"It's a very good thing to do it because if you're coming from somewhere else and we really don't know what all you're carrying. So just to make sure that everything is in place and the security is up, to leave everything upfront is a good step," said 30-year-old software engineer Deepti Kulkarni.
Nearly 280 airports in more than 100 countries will implement the new procedures.
TSA added that there are no changes to what travelers can bring through the security checkpoint, like food and liquid items that comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule. Electronics and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags.
McAllen-Miller International Airport will begin implementing the procedures in November.