Headed out for a flight? Soon, you'll have to get to the airport much earlier

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Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Transportation Safety Administration is implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items at Augusta Regional Airport starting December 12, and you're advised to arrive two hours before your scheduled flight.

According to a release, TSA officers will begin to ask travelers to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or underneath for a clearer x-ray image. It is possible that passengers will experience more bag checks and extensive testing.

You are encouraged to organize your carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the process and keep lines moving. There will be no changes to what you can bring through the checkpoint.

“TSA must constantly enhance its security procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats,” said TSA spokesman Mark Howell. “TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security and we appreciate the cooperation of the traveling public in this endeavor.”

The new security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Pre✓®. Those passengers do not need to remove shoes, liquids, laptops, electronics, light outerwear, or belts. It allows TSA to focus their resources on passengers who pose a high risk and provide expedited screening to passengers identified as low-risk, trusted passengers.