DEL RIO/VICTORIA, TEXAS—The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented new carry-on baggage security procedures at Del Rio International (DRT) and Victoria Regional airports (VCT).
In late July, TSA announced the implementation of stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that would require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. The new screening procedures in standard lanes were tested at 10 airports over the past several months. TSA is now rolling out these new procedures at airports around the country in the coming weeks and months.
The new procedures have been fully implemented at DRT and VCT, which means travelers are being asked to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for years. This simple step helps TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image.
TSA officers are 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 them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.
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.