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TSA phases in new security procedure at airport check-in points

Oct 5, 2017

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The Transportation Security Administration is implementing new screening procedures at airports across the country.

Starting this month, passengers are required to place all of their personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone in bins at the checkpoint. That includes laptops, tablets, e-readers, and cameras.

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said the new procedure will be phased in over the next few weeks at the Rochester International Airport and airports across the U.S.

"It is quite possible that a passenger might look at another lane and see that somebody else is not being asked to remove their electronics. That just means that the group of TSA officers staffing that lane have not yet been trained in the new procedure."

The new security measure, which was announced by the TSA in July, is intended to unclutter carry-on bags to help TSA officers get a clearer x-ray image.

TSA’s Upstate New York federal security director Bart Johnson said the terror threat is real and TSA is constantly enhancing security procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats.