TSA implements new electronics screening procedures at BTR Airport

Elias Hubbard
November 15, 2017

Based on tickets already booked, almost 7,000 passengers are expected on the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday, said Valerie Wise, air service and marketing manager for the Wichita Airport Authority.

In the past year alone, the TSA has experienced two out of 10 of the busiest days in its history.

"Intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, we know they are looking for ways to smuggle explosive devices in various consumer devices with a focus in electronics", said Jay Brainard, federal security director for the TSA in Kansas.

Last month, a coalition of eight travel industry organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., advocating for the legislation and citing that in 2016, TSA screened more than 100 million travelers more than they did in 2013. As for security lines, excessive delays during Thanksgiving are not expected.

Any electronics larger than a cell phone will have to be removed from your luggage prior to screening and placed in bins with nothing on top of or beneath them so they can be screened. The bill aims to ease some of this congestion while improving security measures.

"That was our x-ray operators will have a very clear view, and an uncluttered image of the items that are going through that x-ray machine", Frederick said.

With a large number of travelers, the airport is expecting the long-term parking lots to fill up, so other travel options to the airport are encouraged.

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