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Baggage Screening Policy

As part of its new bag screening policy, the Transportation Security Administration is asking airline passengers not to lock their luggage. The policy, which begins December 31, requires checked luggage to go through large bomb-detection machines. If the alarm is triggered, the bags will require a hand search during which permanent locks will be replaced by tamper-evident temporary plastic tags in order to expedite the new screening policy.

Screening personnel are to place a card in searched baggage to indicating a search was performed, and attach a second, different-colored plastic tag when done.


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