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The Transportation Security Administration might be adding one more step to the security-screening process: the removal of snacks from carry-on bags.
Passengers at several airports have reportedly been asked by TSA officers to remove snacks from their bags at security checkpoints, along with the traditional items like liquids and large electronics. Several reports on social media have surfaced from passengers at Newark Airport (EWR), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) that the TSA asked flyers to put their snacks through the x-ray scanner separately from their other bags.
@AskTSA Is removing snacks a new thing? Friend traveled from ATL yesterday a.m. and everyone had to remove all their snacks for screening. Was treated rudely because was not moving fast enough.
— ExploreDreamTravel (@XploreDreamTrav) March 26, 2018
I’ve seen that request from TSA screeners a few times, including at LAX a couple of weeks ago and also SFO. I agree it’s a good idea but it definitely caught many by surprise and the explanations could be improved.
— Doug Levy (@SFDoug) March 26, 2018
Luckily, the TSA told passengers concerned about their travel snacks that there was no formal change, and this was only to get a clearer view of the bags’ on the x-ray screen.
There’s no new policy regarding the screening of food. However, removing these items may assist our officers in getting a clearer view of the bag, reducing the number of additional inspections needed. For more information, please visit: https://t.co/R9CY7EdpsD
— AskTSA (@AskTSA) March 26, 2018
“The TSA agents were unfailingly polite and nice,” passenger Sree Sreenivasan at EWR said to USA Today. “We made some jokes. I’ve never heard of food being searched. Ever. Nobody had ever heard of it.” Sreenivasan also said that when he asked the TSA agents about the change at EWR security, they told him it was part of a new policy that would be implemented across the country in May. But, the TSA’s official Twitter account maintained that there would be no new rules regarding carry-on snacks.
Almost any type of food is TSA-approved, as the agency reminded Chrissy Teigen earlier this year when the model wanted to fly with what she called an “emotional support casserole.”
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