ANCHORAGE, Alaska — New screening procedures have been put in place for carry-on baggage at Alaska’s largest airports.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that passengers will be required to place all electronics larger than a cellphone in X-ray bins, KTUU-TV reported . Previous procedures only required laptops to be placed in the bins.

“The electronics should be placed in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for several years,” a security administration statement said.

International airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau are already using the new procedure and every airport statewide is expected to follow suit by mid-December.

The Department of Homeland Security earlier this summer announced the procedure changes, which will be mandatory at every airport in the country by next spring.

Administration spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said the new protocol is part of a larger effort to stay ahead of the “evolving threat against the aviation system worldwide.”

“As passengers become more familiar with these procedures, we trust they will be a great partner with TSA in carrying out the aviation security mission,” Dankers said.

Liquids, gels and aerosols containing less than 100 milliliters (3.4 ounces) are still permitted if inside bags that must be placed in bins for screening.


Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com

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