TSA introduces new carry-on baggage screening measures in US airports
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a new security screening procedures to examine carry-on baggage at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and five other airports in Utah.
As part of the process, passengers will have to place the electronic items larger than mobile phones in bins for X-ray screening, while passing through security checkpoints.
The devices will then have to be placed in a bin with nothing on top or below, enabling the TSA officials to obtain a clearer X-ray image of the electronic items.
TSA Utah acting deputy federal security director Russell Sitz said: “TSA continually evaluates and adapts our screening procedures when needed to keep the travelling public safe and secure.
"We will work closely with passengers departing any of Utah’s airports as they get used to the new procedures to ensure an effective and efficient trip through the security screening process.”
The other five Utah airports that have deployed the new carry-on baggage screening procedures are Cedar City Airport, Ogden-Hinkley Airport, Provo Airport, St. George Regional Airport and Tooele County Wendover Airport.
Over several months, the new security screening measures were tested by the TSA at ten airports in the US.
The new procedures will not apply on travellers enrolled in TSA PreCheck.
In late-July, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the new carry-on baggage screening procedures would be implemented at all airports over the coming months with an aim to enhance aviation security.