Expect to see some stronger security measures the next time you head through the Peoria International Airport with carry-on baggage.
The Transportation Security Administration implemented new procedures at the airport this week. Travelers are now required to place all electronic devices larger than a cell phone in bins for x-ray screening when heading through a security checkpoint. Passengers may experience moderate delays at the security checkpoint while the TSA trains its officers and passengers familiarize themselves with the new procedures.
“The change in the way electronics are screened is part of the agency’s effort to raise the baseline of aviation security and stay ahead of evolving threats against the transportation system,” said John Hursey, TSA Federal Security Director for Downstate Illinois. “We appreciate the cooperation of the traveling public in this endeavor.”
TSA officers will be stationed in front of the security checkpoint to answer questions and provide guidance about the new procedures. The TSA recommends keeping your cell phone and your quart-sized bag of liquids, gels and aerosols in an easy-to-access place in the carry-on bag. The TSA also recommends not overstuffing your carry-on bag, and to put all electronics back in the bag after screening.
The screening procedures were tested at 10 airports across the country over the past two years. They will be implemented at all airports nationwide by late spring 2018.