border patrol A CBP officer processes an incoming passenger at the Newark International Airport. (James Tourtellotte/Customs and Border Protection)

TSA Introduces Enhanced Carry-On Screening at All U.S. Airports

TSA has announced enhanced screening procedures for carry-on baggage to improve aviation security.

The stronger screening measures, which began last summer, have now been rolled out to include all U.S federal airports.

The new rules will require travelers to place all personal electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. In addition to screening personal electronic devices separately, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles, TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.

“I am committed to continue raising the baseline for aviation security, and these enhanced screening measures enable TSA officers to better screen for threats to passengers and aircrew while maintaining efficiency at checkpoints throughout the U.S.,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “Our security efforts remain focused on always staying ahead of those trying to do us harm and ensuring travelers get to their destination safely.”

There have been minimal changes to what can be brought through the checkpoint; food and liquids that comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule, electronics and books are still allowed in carry-on baggage. However, TSA officers may ask travelers to separate dense foods, powders and other items to allow screening officers to obtain a clear X-ray image for security purposes. Items that cannot be identified and resolved at the checkpoint are prohibited from entering the cabin of the aircraft.

Travelers enrolled in TSA Pre✓® will continue to experience expedited screening by not having to remove shoes, the 3-1-1 liquids bag, laptops, light outerwear jackets, or belts, but some of the new procedures may apply if directed by TSA officers.

TSA has introduced the new screening procedures to allow officers to conduct quicker and more targeted checks, while maintaining the highest level of security to respond to evolving threats.

The Government Technology & Services Coalition's Homeland Security Today (HSToday) is the premier news and information resource for the homeland security community, dedicated to elevating the discussions and insights that can support a safe and secure nation. A non-profit magazine and media platform, HSToday provides readers with the whole story, placing facts and comments in context to inform debate and drive realistic solutions to some of the nation’s most vexing security challenges.

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