TSA begins implementing new screening procedures for carry-on items at Hector International Airport, other North Dakota airports

Local Press Release
Thursday, November 30, 2017

FARGO, North Dakota - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing enhanced carry-on baggage security screening procedures at all airports in North Dakota including Hector International (FAR) in Fargo.

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.

The new screening procedures were tested at 10 airports across the country over the past several months. The procedures will be implemented at all airports nationwide by spring 2018.

“From time to time, travelers may notice changes in TSA’s screening procedures. This is part of our efforts to stay ahead of evolving threats to the transportation system,” said David Durgan, TSA federal security director for North Dakota. “TSA officers will be available in front of the checkpoint X-ray machines to guide passengers through any changes in the screening process and give direction on what items will need to be removed from carry-ons and placed in a bin for X-ray screening.”

Training of TSA officers in North Dakota is underway and the changes are being phased in on a rolling basis at airports across the state. During the implementation process, departing passengers may be asked to remove their electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on baggage. 

At the security checkpoint, TSA officers will be stationed in front of the checkpoint X-ray machines to guide passengers through the screening process. Travelers should listen to the specific directions given to ensure the proper procedures are followed.

Passengers should continue to remove their one-quart bag containing liquids, gels and aerosols in quantities of less than 100 ml (3.4 ounces). The new procedures now require the bag to be placed in a bin by itself for X-ray screening. By simply removing these specific items from the carry-on, TSA officers are able to obtain a clearer view of them on the X-ray screen.

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 FAR and all other North Dakota airports at least 90 minutes prior to their flight’s departure.

Travelers can prepare for these new procedures by following a few simple steps:

  • Organize the carry-on bag so electronics larger than a cell phone can be quickly and easily accessed when at the security checkpoint.
  • Ensure the quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols can also be accessed quickly and easily.
  • Don’t overstuff the carry-on bag. An uncluttered bag makes the screening process easier and quicker for passengers and TSA officers. Consider checking bags when feasible.

Once screening is complete, be sure to put all electronics back in the carry-on bag. Double-check the bins to make sure nothing is left behind.

There are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint. Liquids in quantities of less than 100 ml (3.4 ounces), food, electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags. The new security measures do not apply to passengers who 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. It is part of an effort to raise the baseline for aviation security domestically and stay ahead of the evolving threat against aviation.

In late June, DHS launched a broad initiative to enhance security requirements for all direct commercial flights into the U.S. These measures, both seen and unseen, include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices as well as heightened security standards for aircraft and airports at nearly 280 airports in more than 100 countries. TSA continues to work closely with airports and airlines to enhance and implement these security measures.