TSA announces new checkpoint security process at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Transportation Security Administration has begun to implement new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items at airports across America with procedures now in place at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

According to Lisa Farbstein, a spokesperson for the TSA, the new procedure would require travelers to place all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening at checkpoints and are designed to address the current terror threat by raising the baseline of aviation security.

The new procedures were originally announced last July and began getting phased in airports nationwide last fall, according to Farbstein.

Passengers can expect to see TSA officers ask travelers to remove personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below, similarly to how laptops have been screened for years, according to Farbstein. This simple step helps TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image by uncluttering carry-on bags, thus allowing for a clearer X-ray image for the TSA officers.

According to Farbstein, there are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint. Food and liquid items that comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule, electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags.

The new security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Pre✓® who are using TSA Pre✓® lanes, according to Farbstein.