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TSA announces new procedures for screening large electronics in carry-on bags at San Antonio International Airport (SAT)

Local Press Release
Thursday, December 14, 2017

SAN ANTONIO—The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that new carry-on baggage security procedures at San Antonio International Airport (SAT) will be implemented after the first of the year.    

In July, TSA announced that the agency would be rolling out stronger screening procedures in standard lanes for electronics larger than a cell phone in carry-on bags. TSA is continuing to phase in these new procedures at airports around the country.

“Starting in January 2018, passengers flying out of San Antonio International will be asked to remove electronics larger than a cell phone and place them in a bin for x-ray screening,” said TSA Regional Public Affairs Manager Carrie Harmon.

TSA continuously evaluates and updates security procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats. The screening of large electronics is similar to how laptop computers have been screened for years. Passengers will be asked to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below for better screening. TSA officers also may suggest passengers remove other select items, including food, from their carry-on bags. This is not required, but also helps x-ray operators get a clearer view of the contents of the bag and speeds up the screening process.  

TSA officers will be stationed in front of checkpoint lanes to guide passengers through the divesting process. Travelers are encouraged to listen closely to their instructions and to place large electronics at the top of their bags for easier removal.

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.

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