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TSA Implements new screening procedures in Montana

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MISSOULA - A new and stronger carry-on baggage security screening procedure is now in place at Missoula International Airport. 

The Transportation Security Administration is now requiring all electronics larger than a cell phone be placed in bins with nothing on top or below for x-ray screening when going through the security checkpoint.  

This has been required for laptops over the last several years, but smaller items such as tablets and e-readers have been excluded. 

TSA Public Affairs representative, Lorie Dankers says this is necessary to stay ahead of terrorists,

“We know that there are groups of people around the world that are continuing to target commercial aviation. You know they are pursuing innovative methods to disrupt the aviation system by finding ways to smuggle explosive devices in consumer items.  They are focusing on electronics and so are we.” 

To alleviate extra wait time, officers will be placed in front of the checkpoint to inform passengers of the procedure change.

The TSA says travelers can prepare for these new procedures by following a few simple steps:

  • Organize the carry-on bag so electronics larger than a cell phone can be quickly and easily accessed when at the security checkpoint.
  • Ensure the quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols can also be accessed quickly and easily.
  • Don’t overstuff the carry-on bag. Consider checking bags when feasible.
  • Once screening is complete, be sure to put all electronics back in the carry-on bag. Double-check the bins to make sure nothing is left behind.
  • There are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint. Liquids in quantities of less than 100 ml (3.4 ounces), food, electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags.

Click here for more information from the TSA website.

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