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Old Mar 26, 17, 10:25 am #1
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TSA Pilot Program: All Food and Electronics Larger than Cellphones out for Screening

Anybody know what this is about?

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@tsa pilot program about food in security line. 30 minutes for one family to get through. Whew!
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Trying to find out which airport but apparently all food must come out of carryon and go into a bin. What purpose does that serve except to slow people down and perhaps drive business to food courts in "sterile" area?

It is PHX that apparently runs all sorts of ridiculous "pilot programs".

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Old Mar 26, 17, 6:22 pm #2

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I got this crap flying out of ROC in Dec. (ROC security is private but doesnt mean it wasn't a TSA program).
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Old Mar 27, 17, 9:17 am #3
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Anybody know what this is about?



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Trying to find out which airport but apparently all food must come out of carryon and go into a bin. What purpose does that serve except to slow people down and perhaps drive business to food courts in "sterile" area?

It is PHX that apparently runs all sorts of ridiculous "pilot programs".
Yeah, I was through PHX recently, and apparently they are one of the airports participating in TSA's new 'snack attacks'. I think next time I'll go through with a bunch of snacks that have been opened slightly and allowed to go really really stale. The confiscating screenes can try to enjoy stale snacks on their breaks.
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Ridiculous. Please tell me this doesn't apply to Precheck.
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Old Mar 27, 17, 5:39 pm #5
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Ridiculous. Please tell me this doesn't apply to Precheck.
The last two Pre lanes I went through had no bins. Don't see how this would work in a Pre lane and for that matter why such should be done in any screening lane. TSA seems to be less able to screen passengers now than just weeks ago. If this is the best TSA can offer then I say dump TSA.
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Old Mar 27, 17, 7:23 pm #6
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Ridiculous. Please tell me this doesn't apply to Precheck.
wish I could but leaving Boston a few weeks ago we both me and my GF had bag checks in pre-check lane because of the dangerous trail mix inside. I though the TSO was hungry (big guy so couldn't be starving) or was making stuff up as they go. Of course now I see this thread and i guess its a coordinated effort to separate us from our food.
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The last two Pre lanes I went through had no bins. Don't see how this would work in a Pre lane and for that matter why such should be done in any screening lane. TSA seems to be less able to screen passengers now than just weeks ago. If this is the best TSA can offer then I say dump TSA.
True, but they could bring bins back to Precheck. Or make you dump your snacks out into one of those doggie bowls. With the TSA you never know.

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wish I could but leaving Boston a few weeks ago we both me and my GF had bag checks in pre-check lane because of the dangerous trail mix inside. I though the TSO was hungry (big guy so couldn't be starving) or was making stuff up as they go. Of course now I see this thread and i guess its a coordinated effort to separate us from our food.
Really hoping this is a fluke as I fly through BOS a lot. Surely if it had something to do with the pilot program they would have told people they had to take food out of their bags?

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Old Mar 27, 17, 8:21 pm #8

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Just searched on Twitter, found reports of Precheck users being required to take snacks out, and found reports of this at LAS and IND as well. Also found reports of people being asked to take ALL electronics out of bag. Interestingly these tweets go back months, I'm surprised this is the first I've heard of this.

This is going to slow things down a lot. The whole point of Precheck is that you don't have to take anything out... even if you are allowed to leave liquids and laptops in, that won't do much good if everyone has to take food out.

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Experienced this at PHL last August. Instructed to remove all food items for inspection including Pre-Check line. Since it was early Monday morning they emphasized all food, even granola bars. Only lasted a week or two before things returned to normal.
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Only time I have seen this, in PHX in the PC lane, was January 3-chalked it up to holiday stupidity on the part of TSA. Have never had any screener telling pax to take snacks out since or had my bag pulled because I had stuff in my bags.

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The last two Pre lanes I went through had no bins. Don't see how this would work in a Pre lane and for that matter why such should be done in any screening lane. TSA seems to be less able to screen passengers now than just weeks ago. If this is the best TSA can offer then I say dump TSA.
Yeah, no bins in pre when I went through it last year. Sending small items through the x-ray has problems due to the radiation flaps on the ends.
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Are they looking for exploding popcorn?
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Old Mar 28, 17, 9:17 am #13
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Are they looking for exploding popcorn?
Pretty clear that TSA hasn't a clue what they are doing or looking for.

Now they assault young boys because a laptop alarms.
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The last two Pre lanes I went through had no bins. Don't see how this would work in a Pre lane and for that matter why such should be done in any screening lane. TSA seems to be less able to screen passengers now than just weeks ago. If this is the best TSA can offer then I say dump TSA.
Based on my last complaint with a TSA supervisor at LAX, they are supposed to provide a bin from the normal lane when requested. However, it's not always followed.
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Had to remove all food at LAS last week. Note, food was returned to me after scanning, not confiscated. This was for everyone, not an individual request. Was in pre-check "lite" in that there wasn't a separate lane, so had to remove liquids and electronics, but was allowed to keep shoes on and go through metal detector instead of scanner.

TSA also requested ALL electronics, including Kindles and iPads be removed in addition to laptops.

Not sure if this was just LAS that do or a more general directive.
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