TSA Plans To Expand New Security Screening Procedures Domestically

A Transportation Security Administration arm patch and shield is seen at Los Angeles International Airport

Following a successful trial run at ten U.S. airports (Related News – TSA Starts Additional Security Screening Procedures At Ten US Airports) and rollout at worldwide airports with U.S. bound flights, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it will expand the enhanced security screening program to other domestic airports.

Security Screening

Back in May 2017, the TSA trialled new security screening procedures at ten airports nationwide (list below) requesting passengers in standard lanes to remove electronic devices larger than a cell phone (about the size of an iPhone 7 Plus) from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below them. This is a similar procedure to how laptops have been screened currently and would provide TSA officers a better X-ray image.

 

  • Boise Airport (BOI)
  • Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB)
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
  • McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

 

The additional screening has already been implemented at around 280 international airports with U.S. Bound flights since late June 2016.

United States Bound Travel Facts / Statistics

United States Bound Travel Facts  (Statistics Courtesy of US Department of Homeland Security)

 

“Whether you’re flying to, from, or within the United States, TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security by strengthening the overall security of our commercial aviation network to keep flying as a safe option for everyone,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia. Further, Gowadia said that, “It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe. By separating personal electronic items such as laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles for screening, TSA officers can more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats.”

 

What Happens Next?

Beyond training agents to screen carry-on baggages, the TSA is also testing new technologies such as biometrics for passenger identification (Related News – Key Biometrics Initiatives In The United States) and 3D scanners (Related News – Inside Look At Computed Tomography Technology Use By American Airlines) to provide travellers with a high quality and efficient security screening process.

 

3D Scanning Technology Trial Source: Analogic

3D Scanning Technology Trial (Image Courtesy: Analogic)

 

For domestic passengers who want a more expedited security screening process, they are encouraged to join the TSA Pre✓ program.

TSA PreCheck Security Sign

TSA PreCheck Security Sign (Image Courtesy: Transportation Security Administration)

 

Beyond applying directly with the TSA, passengers enrolled into Trusted Traveller Programs such as NEXUS (travel between U.S. and Canada), SENTRI (travel between U.S. and Mexico by land), and Global Entry (Expedited entry into the U.S. by citizens and international travellers*) may also be eligible for TSA Pre✓ when they include the relevant information into their flight itineraries.

* Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply for Global Entry: