TSA establishes new electronics rules

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The TSA formally announced changes to its screening process at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport on Tuesday.

Any items larger than a cellphone have to be removed from carry-on bags. They will now be evaluated in a separate bin.

"TSA is a counterintelligence agency and we work with our partners around the world," said Sari Koshetz, a TSA spokeswoman. "And we know that terrorists are still interested in bringing down an airplane and we know that they're looking at ways to hide explosives in your electronic devices."

TSA representatives said electronics aren't the only threats.

At the news conference, they displayed a table of items that people have tried to get onto an airplane. Those items included knives, guns, brass knuckles, and even a bow and arrow.

"Sometimes, there are threat items that are camouflaged as an everyday item. For instance, a knife inside of a handle of a brush or something that looks like a cellphone, but is actually a stun gun. So, we train to find the obvious and the not so obvious to keep you safe," Koshetz explained.

Although there is an added step, the TSA said it will keep the same time guidelines, asking passengers to arrive two hours prior to their scheduled departure.

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