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TSA highlights new screening procedures for carry-on items ahead of holiday travel season at Sacramento International Airport

Local Press Release
Friday, December 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discussed stronger carry-on baggage security screening procedures that passengers departing Sacramento International Airport (SMF) can expect to see in place during the busy holiday travel season.

The procedures were rolled out gradually throughout the fall and 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.

“TSA constantly evaluates and occasionally updates its screening procedures to keep the traveling public secure. The change in the way electronics are screened is part of the agency’s effort to raise the baseline of aviation security and stay ahead of evolving threats against the transportation system,” said Sid Hanna, TSA Federal Security Director at SMF. “By removing electronics larger than a cell phone from the carry-on bag, TSA officers can get a clear view on the X-ray screen of the electronics as well as a clearer and uncluttered view of the contents of the carry-on bag.”

TSA officers will be stationed in the front of the security checkpoint to answer questions about the new procedures and provide guidance when going through screening. Please listen to the direction the officers are giving to ensure the process goes smoothly. When going through the security checkpoint this holiday season, passengers departing airports across the country may encounter the new procedures.

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 more quickly improve the detection of prohibited items by using 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 SMF at least two hours 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.

There is a TSA Pre✓® enrollment center located at SMF in the baggage claim area of Terminal B. It is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. Visit our website to learn more about TSA Pre✓® or to make an appointment to enroll. Select “Sacramento, CA” as the enrollment location. Cost is $85 and the TSA Pre✓® benefits are good for five years. Walk-ins will be accommodated around scheduled appointments.

In late June, DHS launched a broad initiative to enhance security requirements for all direct commercial flights into the United States. 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.