New security measures announced at Albany International Airport

October 05, 2017 05:39 PM

COLONIE - You may need a little extra time traveling out of the Albany International Airport. TSA is implementing new security measures for carry-on bags.

This is all about your electronics, laptops, iPads, tablets, game consoles, cameras. If it's some kind of device, it needs to be taken out of your carry-on luggage and screened separately.

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These new procedures were announced earlier this year. They are being phased-in at airports across the country.

Passengers now have to place all personal electronics larger than a cell phone in bins. If you have more than one laptop, they are supposed to be placed in separate bins for x-ray screenings.

TSA officials say they're enhancing security on domestic flights to stay ahead of evolving threats. NewsChannel 13 is told it's partly in response to a laptop bomb that got through security at an airport in Somalia nearly two years ago. The bomb went off after the plane took off. Since then, security officials say they have been trying to stay ahead of the ongoing threat as the terrorists get more sophisticated in targeting planes.

"This will be the new norm in the way we do things. I'm very much looking forward to it. I think it is going to make a difference and it already has made a difference," explained Bart Johnson, federal security director. "What can the passengers do? Obviously, before they come to the airport, mentally prepare themselves and their families with what they're going to experience when they get here. Start with an empty bag and pack it, so you know there's nothing in the bag."

TSA agents are being trained. The security measures are expected to be fully implemented in the next few weeks. Some are already in place.

All the other security measures still apply for food and the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule. If you have TSA Precheck, the new procedures don't apply to you.


WNYT Staff

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