The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) met with Coastal Bend reporters to go over new security rules that will be implemented at the Corpus Christi International Airport in hopes of making traveling go smoother.
"The Sunday after Thanksgiving the TSA screened 2.6 million passengers around the country," TSA spokesperson Carrie Harmon said. Sunday is the fifth largest day the TSA has seen since the agency started.
"We're constantly looking at our screening procedures and evolving and updating them to stay ahead of evolving threats," Harmon said.
The first week of December one of the updates will go into effect.
"We are now going to ask passengers to remove electronics that are larger than a cell phone and place them in a bin," Harmon said.
Items such as laptops, large cameras, e-readers, label makers and tablets are categorized as those larger items.
"So long as there are no chords or chargers inside them can remain in those pouches," said TSA Supervisory Transportation Security Officer Ignacio Salazar.
The new requirement makes it easier for TSA officers to see a clearer x-ray image.
"Liquids that are 3-1-1 compliant still need to be removed from the luggage and placed in either a bowl or bin," Salazar said.
Curling irons or similar items with plugs can be left inside individual's bag at security. TSA said even though it is not required leaving gifts unwrapped is best.
"Just in case you have an alarm in that particular gift, it doesn't have to be unwrapped to get checked," Salazar said.
The TSA has an online option where individuals can type in an item, and the TSA will tell you whether you can check the item in or bring it on board with you.
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