The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced the implementation of stronger screening procedures for carry-on items at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), which were announced last year and have been rolling out across the country.
The new procedures require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops are screened. The new requirement is designed to help TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image.
“TSA must constantly enhance its security procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats,” TSA Federal Security Director for Missouri Jim Spriggs said. “TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security and we appreciate the cooperation of the traveling public in this endeavor.”
In standard screening lanes, TSA officers will be stationed in front of the checkpoint X-ray machines to guide passengers through the new screening process. The new security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA PreCheck who are using TSA PreCheck lanes.
“The simple step of separating personal electronic items for screening allows TSA officers to more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats,” Spriggs said.