The Transportation Security Administration’s pilot program is to address an increase in passengers cramming more and more stuff into their carry-on bags, according to NBC News. The tight packing makes it harder for screeners to properly inspect bags using the X-ray machine and has increased the number of bags sent on for an additional manual inspection.
Passengers traveling through Boise, Idaho, Colorado Springs, Colo., Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Boston, Los Angeles, Lubbock, Texas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and Phoenix will be subject to the additional screenings. The new process will require passengers to unpack flagged items from their carry-on and place them in a bin, similar to the requirements in place nationwide for laptops. Passengers with TSA PreCheck will be exempt from the screenings, according to NBC News.
While it may seem this proposed change would make security lines longer, the TSA hopes for the opposite, by cutting down on bags sent for additional screening. The additional testing is not associated with any particular threat or a laptop ban on certain flights announced this year.
Passengers who fail to comply with the new procedures at the 10 airports could be subject to having their bags screened manually. Exceptions to the policy were not immediately known. Currently, TSA allows passengers 75 and older to leave their shoes and a light jacket on during screening.