TSA Implements New Screening Procedures for Carry-on Luggage at Bradley

Transportation Security Administration Press Release: 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented new and stronger carry-on baggage security screening procedures at Bradley International Airport (BDL).

The new procedures require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening when going through the security checkpoint. The electronics should be placed in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for several years.

“TSA continues to evaluate and modify its procedures to keep travelers safe,” said William Csontos, TSA federal security director for Connecticut. “TSA will work with passengers departing Bradley International Airport to ensure they are familiar with the new procedures and guide them through the security screening process quickly and efficiently.”

Travelers departing airports where the new procedures are in place will be asked to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags. This simple step helps TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image of electronic devices.

The new screening procedures were tested at 10 airports over the past several months. The procedures will be implemented at airports nationwide in the coming weeks and months.

TSA has identified ways to improve screening procedures with quicker and more targeted measures to clear potential threat items in carry-on bags. However, passengers may experience more bag checks so it is strongly advised that passengers arrive at Bradley International Airport at least 90 minutes prior to their flight’s departure.

At the security checkpoint, TSA officers will be stationed in front of the checkpoint X-ray machines to guide passengers through the screening process and recommend how best to arrange their carry-on items for X-ray screening. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep electronics in an accessible location. An uncluttered bag makes the screening process easier.

There are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint. Liquids in quantities less than 3.4 ounces, food, electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags. The new security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled as a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Trusted Traveler and are being screened in a dedicated TSA Pre® lane.

In late July, DHS announced that these new carry-on procedures would be implemented at all airports in the coming months. It is part of an effort to raise the baseline for aviation security and stay ahead of the evolving threat against aviation.

In late June, DHS announced new security procedures for nearly 280 airports in more than 100 countries. TSA continues to work closely with airports and airlines to enhance security measures.


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