Despite new security measures, TSA checkpoints smooth at Charlotte Douglas


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Gifts from Santa were arriving back home to Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday. Some of those new electronics went through extra screening before they were picked up by passengers.

“Anything larger than a cell phone, anything larger than 4 by 6 inches,” said Federal Security Director, Kevin Frederick.

Those new procedures by the TSA is forcing passengers to empty out even more electronics onto the security belt. The rules are already in place at Charlotte Douglas and will be required at all airports by the end of May.

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“We wanted to get this one bag put up on the overhead above us, but they wouldn’t let us do it so we had to come down here to baggage claim,” said passenger, Herb Riley.

For most passengers, picking up their suitcase is the end of an exhausting day traveling across the country from airport to airport.

“As you can imagine the day after Christmas it was really quite busy,” said Riley.

Officials at Charlotte Douglas expected more than 28,000 passengers to fly out Tuesday, making it one of the busiest days of the year.

Thankfully travelers told FOX 46 Charlotte there was no congested security lines here.

“But they were huge up there in LaGuardia,” said one passenger.

And those lines could get even worse across the country during the next holiday as many passengers experience the new TSA rules for the first time.

“I normally can get to the airport an hour and a half ahead of time. Today I got there about 2 hours early,” said passenger, Bob Creighton.

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport are again expecting a busy holiday travel day on Wednesday.

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