TSA Introducing New Rules and Procedures in Time for the Holidays
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (BRODIE HART, WTAT-TV) — The holiday season is quickly approaching and experts say more people are going to fly to their destinations. A new report, though, shows TSA agents miss threats almost 80-percent of the time.
That’s why they will be implementing new rules and procedures in hopes of cutting down on that number.
The changes are not huge from what we have seen before, but they are now saying all electronic devices – anything bigger than a cell phone – will have to come out of your baggage and go into the bin as it goes through security.
Items would include of course laptops, which are already supposed to be placed in the bin, tablets, and large laptop chargers.
Busy morning at Charleston Int'l Airport. We're live talking w/ @TSA about a new rule requiring fliers to take any item larger than a cellphone out of their bags. Yes, there will be more bag checks pic.twitter.com/nwHZXTJB0o
— Brodie Hart (@BrodieHart) November 9, 2017
TSA officials say those steps will help them get a clearer picture of those electronic devices as they go through that X-ray machine.
We are told agents will have a demo on display Thursday at Charleston International Airport to give us a better idea of what this new plan will look like.
They are taking this change very seriously and some flyers say they are a little annoyed about the extra time this may make them spend in line. But in the end, they say it is worth it.
“It’s kind of a pain because I feel like the lines are long enough already,” said Stephanie Iza. “You have to take off your shoes and this is just another annoying step.”
“As long as everyone’s aware of it and you give yourself some extra time it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. But definitely another extra step and I am all about safety, so whatever it takes to make sure we are safe on the flight I’m fin with,” said Katherine Delman.
A TSA spokesperson told us these new rules could lead to even more bag checks. That’s just something to keep in mind because it may take some time to get used to.
The new procedure will not be fully implemented at Charleston International Airport until after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Officials also say the new security measures do not apply to passengers who are enrolled as a Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveler and being screened in a dedicated TSA pre check lane.