US agency Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has completed its deployment of enhanced screening procedures for carry-on baggage at all federal airports in the country in an effort to increase aviation security.
The new measures require passengers in standard lanes to place all personal electronic items larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening.
TSA officers can also instruct the passengers to separate other items from carry-on bags if the items appear to obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine or clutter the bags.
Passengers are expected to keep their carry-on bags organised and uncluttered to ensure smooth screening.
TSA administrator David Pekoske said: “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 US.
“Our security efforts remain focused on always staying ahead of those trying to do us harm and ensuring travellers get to their destination safely.”
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The new carry-on screening procedures in standard lanes have been implemented in phases over several months across the US airports.
Minimal changes were made to the list of items that can be brought through the checkpoint, however, the items that cannot be identified and resolved at the checkpoint will not be allowed onto the aircraft as hand luggage.
All passengers enrolled into the TSA Pre✓ will continue to use the expedited screening process where they will not be required to remove shoes, the 3-1-1 liquids bag, laptops, light outerwear jackets, or belts.