Springfield, MO

New security rules are headed to Springfield-Branson National Airport on Oct. 1.
Photo courtesy Springfield-Branson National Airport
New security rules are headed to Springfield-Branson National Airport on Oct. 1.

Stricter security measures coming to Springfield airport

Posted online

Security measures at the Springfield-Branson National Airport are becoming more stringent next week, which could increase wait times for boarding passengers.

Mark Howell, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, said a new policy requiring all electronic devices larger than a cellphone to be X-rayed individually launched in July at 10 airports across the nation. It will be implemented in Springfield on Oct 1.

“It is causing some backups,” he said.

According to the rule, all tablets, laptops and other devices must be removed from baggage and placed in their own plastic bin for scanning.

“That allows us to get a clearer image on the X-ray machine,” Howell said, noting cables, clothing and other clutter in the baggage impede the ability of TSA agents to identify potentially hazardous materials.

This does increase the number of bins that need to be scanned, Howell said, but it’s the people who don’t remove their electronic items that tend to hold up the security line, since their bags must be searched by hand.

“If we’re doing more bag searches, it’s going to make those wait times go up,” he said.

Airport spokesman Kent Boyd said the TSA checkpoint may take as little as 15 minutes, but he recommends travelers arrive 90 minutes before their flights to account for check-in times and unexpected delays.

“People in this market have a really bad habit of getting here as late as possible, which is understandable because generally the crowds are not that big and it’s pretty easy to get through security,” he said. “What people don’t think about is, even without these new security procedures, if anything goes wrong – let’s suppose the X-ray machine breaks down or there’s a problem with ID or your ticket – if you get there at the last minute and you run into a problem, you’re probably going to miss your flight.”

The new security measure does not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA’s PreCheck program. PreCheck members do not need to remove shoes, small liquids, laptops, electronics, light outerwear or belts. To become a member, passengers must fill out an application and attend an in-person background check that includes fingerprinting, according to TSA’s website.


No comments on this story |
Please log in to add your comment
Editors' Pick

From the Ground Up: Culver’s

Springfield’s third Culver’s restaurant is underway at 1400 E. Sunshine St.

Most Read
SBJ Live logo
Living Quote - Keep Running

“I really do believe that you can have a lot of intelligence and a lot of great ability, but you have to be willing to work to make a difference for your clients,” says Megan Creson, an Associate …

Four Tips for Better Product Labels Not all labels are created equal. Natalie Menzies-Spradlin with Ample Industries gives you four things to think about to make sure your labels are durable, cost effective and meet your product …
Living Quote - Reach for the Stars “My dad encouraged me and told me to continue my education, no matter how hard it is, and now I’m a year into my doctorate degree.” says Melissa Sorah, who works in sales at Youngblood Nissan. …
Networking? Always Follow Up. “I think networking has been key too the core success I’ve had,” says Bruce Nasby, President of Global Advisory Associates. Nasby recommends sending an email specifically detailing who you are, …
Booked - Passion and Perseverance “Being in higher education, we kind of devour books,” says Carol Taylor, President of Evangel University. She recommends Angela Duckworth’s “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” …