EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Atlantic City International Airport was the first airport in the state to implement a new Transportation Security Administration checkpoint screening procedure, the TSA announced Tuesday.
The new procedure requires fliers to remove all electronic devices larger than a cellphone from their carry-on bags and place them into bins to be screened by X-rays, the TSA said in a statement.
In June, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced the new security requirements for airports across the country, including all New Jersey airports.
“TSA must constantly enhance its security procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats,” said TSA’s New Jersey Federal Security Director Thomas Carter. “TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security and we appreciate the understanding and cooperation of the traveling public.”
There must be nothing on top of or below the electronic device, similar to how laptops have been screened for years. This will help TSA officers get a clearer X-ray image of an uncluttered bag, the agency said in a statement.
The new procedure has been implemented fully at Atlantic City and Trenton-Mercer airports, the TSA said. It has been implemented at a few security checkpoint lanes at Newark Liberty International Airport. It will roll out incrementally, lane by lane, until all checkpoint lanes in Newark are brought up to date.
TSA officers will be stationed in front of all X-ray machines to guide passengers through the new procedure. The new procedure does not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA PreCheck, who will go through security in those lanes.