Airline passengers should be prepared for new security measures at the airport.
Today is the first day that three new screening procedures have been implemented
security officials admit the new procedures will cause a bit of a delay in line. They also told us that passengers who are selected for a secondary screening will be held for longer than before.
But as they always tell us, the best thing you can do to prevent a delay. Lines were lengthy at the Reno-Tahoe Airport this afternoon.
Sharing the blame for the 30 minute delays are the exodus of tourists from the Air Races and the three newly implemented security procedures.
First, in addition to some shoes, passengers are now required to remove any outer jackets--including sport coats and windbreakers--before passing through metal detectors.
Second, if a passenger is pulled aside for secondary screening--as 15% of people are--they will receive an extra patdown.
And finally, the TSA will be using an "explosive trace detection" device to swab passengers' bags for potentially explosive material...a request from the 9/11 Commission.
Despite the extra minutes the screening adds to a passenger's wait time, most we talked to were happy to put safety first.
The TSA reminds people that these security changes are part of the evolutionary process for screening. and intend to respond to the safety needs in our world today.