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New TSA screening procedures now in effect at local airports

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IDAHO FALLS — Anyone traveling out of the Idaho Falls or surrounding airports should be aware of new Transportation Security Administration screening procedures.

Passengers must now remove all electronic devices larger than a cellphone and place them in a bin before carrying the items onto the plane. Other electronics can be placed in the same bin as long as nothing covers them.

One-quart bags containing 100 ml liquids, gels and aerosols must now be placed in a bin by themselves.

The Department of Homeland Security announced in July these changes would be rolled out throughout the year.

Idaho TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said the changes are meant to improve safety as terrorist groups target commercial aviation and are always looking for ways to smuggle explosive devices in various items.

“TSA constantly evaluates and updates its screening procedures to keep the traveling safe and secure by staying ahead of evolving threats,” Dankers said.

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