Passengers at the Quad-City International Airport will notice stronger screening procedures for carry-on baggage as part of changes implemented by the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA.
Under the new procedures, travelers now are required to place all electronic devices larger than a cell phone in bins for x-ray screening at the security checkpoint. Electronics should be placed in a bin with nothing on top of or below them — similar to how laptops are screened.
The TSA warns that passengers may experience moderate delays at the security checkpoint as officers are trained and passengers get familiar with the new procedures.
According to the TSA, the new procedures were rolled out gradually over the past several weeks.
"The change in the way electronics are screened is part of the agency’s effort to raise the baseline of aviation security and stay ahead of evolving threats against the transportation system," said John Hursey, TSA federal security director for Downstate Illinois.
The TSA has tested the new screening procedures at 10 airports across the country over the past two years and plans to implement them at all airports nationwide by late spring.
Passengers may experience more bag checks so it is strongly advised to arrive at the Quad-City airport at least two hours prior to their flight’s departure, especially during peak travel times, the TSA said.
There are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint. Liquids in quantities of less than 3.4 ounces as well as food, electronics, and books still are allowed in carry-on bags.
At the checkpoint, travelers need to continue to remove their one-quart bag containing liquids, gels and aerosols. New procedures now require these bags be placed by themselves in a bin for x-ray screening.
The TSA offers these tips to travelers:
- Organize the carry-on bag so electronics larger than a cell phone can be quickly accessed at the security checkpoint.
- Ensure the quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols also can be accessed quickly and easily.
- Do not overstuff the carry-on bag.
- Consider checking bags when feasible.
New security measures do not apply to passengers who are being screened in a dedicated TSA Pre✓ lane.