Here’s what Fort Wayne International Airport travelers need to know about new security measures

Fort Wayne International Airport travelers now must put electronics larger than a cell phone into a tray to be X-rayed, just like they have for laptops. (News-Sentinel file photo)

The Transportation Security Administration began Tuesday to use stronger screening procedures for electronic items in carry-on bags at Fort Wayne International Airport. The new procedures, which were announced earlier this year, require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes, according to a news release. The measure does not affect those who are enrolled in TSA Pre.

“TSA must constantly enhance its security procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats,” said Aaron Batt, TSA’s federal security director for FWA, in the news release.

It’s recommended that travelers:

*Arrive at the airport up to two hours in advance of their flight departure time.

*Remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below. Laptops have been screened this way for years.

*Organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to make the screening process easier and faster. There are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint; food and liquid items that comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule (1 quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes that are limited to 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters or less per item), electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags.

Passengers may be subject to more bag checks. However, TSA has found ways to screen faster and created more targeted measures to clear the bags.

“The simple step of separating personal electronic items for screening allows TSA officers to more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats,” Batt said in the news release.

TSA Pre passengers are considered low-risk travelers and they do not need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, electronics, light outerwear or belts.