TSA implements tighter carry-on screenings at Sioux Falls airport

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Your next trip through the screening process at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport may take a few minutes longer due to tighter screening procedures.

The Transportation Security Administration has implemented stronger carry-on baggage security procedures for travelers departing from the Sioux Falls airport, officials announced Tuesday.

According to the TSA, officials tested new screening procedures at 10 airports across the country over the past several months. The procedures will be implemented at all airports nationwide by late spring 2018.

Travelers will continue to remove their one-quart bag containing liquids, gels and aerosols in quantities of less than 100 ml (3.4 ounces) from their carry-on bag. However, the new procedures now require the bag to be placed in a bin by itself for x-ray screening. By simply removing these specific items from the carry-on, TSA officers are able to obtain a clearer view of them on the x-ray screen.

They will also now require travelers to place all electronic devices larger than a cell phone in bins for x-ray screening when going through the security checkpoint.

Officers will be stationed to assist travelers with the new guidelines.

TSA officials say the new procedures will improve the detection of prohibited items by using targeted measures to clear potential threat items in carry-on bags. However, passengers may experience more bag checks so it is strongly advised that passengers arrive at FSD at least two hours prior to their flight’s departure.

There are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint.

The following are some tips from the TSA to prepare for a smooth check in process:

- Organize the carry-on bag so electronics larger than a cell phone can be quickly and easily accessed when at the security checkpoint.

- Ensure the quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols can also be accessed quickly and easily.

- Don’t overstuff the carry-on bag. An uncluttered bag makes the screening process easier and quicker for passengers and TSA officers. Consider checking bags when feasible.

- Once screening is complete, be sure to put all electronics