New checkpoint procedures take effect at ORF

New checkpoint procedures at Norfolk International Airport require passengers to place all personal electronic devices larger than a cellphone in X-ray screening.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Transportation Security Administration officials at Norfolk International Airport (ORF) demonstrated new checkpoint procedures Wednesday.

The new procedures require passengers to place all personal electronic devices larger than a cellphone in X-ray screening.

It’s designed to address the current terror threat and add an extra level of security.

TSA Spokeswoman, Lisa Farbstein, says putting the items in a bin not only gives a better X-ray image to make sure there aren’t any explosive devices, but it also unclutters what else is in your bags.

“If you’re bringing something like a tablet, an e-reader, you got the big clunky head sets, if you have a camera those are perfect items you want to take out of your carry case and put them in a bin,” added Farbstein.

Travelers going through the airport told 10 On Your Side, it’s no extra hassle to them.

“It’s not a problem to me, they can check everything top to bottom, and every single thing you carry needs to be checked,” said Maria-Louis Hann.

“It really is an enhancement of security, we know the terrorists are very interested in aviation. To them if they can take down a plane that’s key. And that’s why they’re looking for a big splash, and they only have to get it right once, and our TSA officers need to get it right every time,” said Farbstein.

“Everybody should be checked properly and make sure they got nothing on them,” added traveler Andrew Clarke.

The new security measures don’t apply to passengers who are enrolled in TSA Pre-Check, and use the TSA Pre-Check lanes.