DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today at the Daytona Beach International Airport that they have begun implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items at airports across the country.
The new procedures reportedly require travelers in standard checkpoint lanes to place all electronics that are larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening.
The TSA Spokesperson, Sari Koshetz, stated that "TSA is not just what you see at the checkpoint. We are a counterintelligence agency committed to aviation security."
Koshetz went on to say that "We appreciate our partnership with the Daytona Beach International Airport and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office as we work together to stay ahead of any evolving threats.”
Travelers will reportedly be asked to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below. Laptops have been screened like this for years. This step will help TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image. If passengers fail this procedure, they will experience a bag check. Those in the TSA Precheck will be exempt from this procedure during hours when the program is running.
The Airport Director, Rick Karl, says that "Daytona Beach International Airport has always provided the convenience of being your hometown airport and we anticipate our passengers will quickly adapt to the new procedures while not affecting the convenience and ease of flying from Daytona Beach."
TSA says that their officers will guide passengers through the screening process and recommend to them the best ways to arrange their carry-on items for screening. They also encourage that travelers organize their bags ahead of time.
There are reportedly no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint; food and liquid items that comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule, electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags.
TSA says that they still recommend passengers arrive two hours prior to their scheduled departure time to allow enough time to navigate the ticketing, baggage, and security screening processes.
The TSA is said to have been created to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement, and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security.
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