DIA testing new TSA screening to include laptops, tablets, and even sandwiches you brought from home


Travelers at Denver International Airport Monday got a taste of new security screening procedures that eventually will be required of everyone boarding a plane in the Mile High City and at 279 other airports worldwide.

Transportation Security Administration agents in the Jeppesen Terminal asked passengers to remove all electronic devices larger than a cellphone from their bags for set them in bins with nothing atop or below them for more detailed X-ray screenings, according to traveler reports. The procedure is the same as has been used for laptop computers and is intended to provided a clearer images of the expanding variety of electronic devices flyers are packing in sometimes cluttered carry-on bags.

The enhanced electronics screening was announced by the TSA this summer but hasn’t taken full effect in Denver just yet.

“At DIA, these procedures won’t be fully implemented until sometime after the first of the year,” TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said. “However, TSA officers at DIA have started asking passengers in some lanes, at some times of the day, to place electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening.”

The change will eventually be implemented in 280 airports in the U.S. and around the globe. The TSA says the rule will enhance security and help the agency stay ahead of evolving threats.

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Source: The Denver Post