New screening procedures for carry-on bags with strong focus on electronic threats
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – To ensure the security of airline passengers and the nation’s airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items at airports across the country including Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB). The new procedures, which were announced earlier this year, require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard checkpoint lanes.
“TSA is not just what you see at the checkpoint. We are a counterintelligence agency committed to aviation security,” said TSA Spokesperson Sari Koshetz. “We appreciate our partnership with the Daytona Beach International Airport and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office as we work together to stay ahead of ny evolving threats.”
TSA officers will be asking travelers 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, similarly to how laptops have been screened for years. This simple step helps TSA officers to obtain a clearer X-ray image. Passengers will experience a bag check if they fail to follow this procedure, which will slow screening for them and everyone else in line. Passengers in the TSA Pre✓® program generally will be exempt from this procedure during hours when the program is running. But any passengers' electronics or other belongings may be subject to additional screening at any time.
“Daytona Beach International Airport has always provided the convenience of being your hometown airport and we anticipate our passengers will quickly adapt to the new procedures while not affecting the convenience and ease of flying from Daytona Beach,” said Rick Karl, airport director.
TSA officers will 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 bags 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. As always, TSA suggests passengers arrive at the airport two hours prior to their scheduled departure time to allow adequate time to navigate the ticketing, baggage and security screening processes.