TSA implements new screening

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced new carry-on baggage security screening procedures at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

To ensure the security of airline passengers and the nation’s airports, TSA announced this past summer that it would start implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items. TSA is now rolling out these new procedures at airports around the country.

The new procedures, which will started in October for Wichita, require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. Passengers will be asked to place these items in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for several years. This simple step helps TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image. TSA also recommends you take out any food items you may have in your bag. It's not required but it will help keep the process as hassle free as possible.

There are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint; food and liquid items that comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule, electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags. The stronger security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Pre?® who are using TSA Pre?® lanes.

These changes are due to an increased threat to aviation security. In late June, the Department of Homeland Security 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 and stay ahead of the evolving threat.

TSA recommends that all travelers arrive at the airport 90 minutes in advance of their flight departure time to ensure they have enough time to check in with their airline and go through security.

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