Anchorage airport announces new security screening procedures

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday announced new screening procedures for carry-on baggage at Alaska’s largest airports.

In the past, only laptop computers had to be removed from carry-on bags and placed in a plastic bin for x-ray screening. Under the new procedure, passengers will now be required to place all electronics larger than a cellphone in the bins.

“The electronics should be placed in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for several years,” TSA wrote in a press release.

The new security measures were announced by the Department of Homeland Security earlier this summer and will be implemented at every airport in the country by next spring. International airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau are already using the new procedure, and every airport statewide is expected to follow suit by mid-December.

TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers gave a brief demonstration of the new procedures at Ted Stevens International Tuesday morning.

“It’s part of a larger effort to stay ahead of the evolving threat against the aviation system worldwide,” Dankers said. “As passengers become more familiar with these procedures, we trust they will be a great partner with TSA in carrying out the aviation security mission.”

Liquids, gels and aerosols less than 100 ml (3.4 ounces) are still permitted, as long as they are stored in a one-quart bag. The bag must be placed in a bin by itself for screening.

TSA offered the following tips to help passengers prepare for the new screening process and keep the line moving smoothly through the checkpoint:

  • 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.

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