New airport security procedures may speed up lines

2:58 PM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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McGhee Tyson airport is already dealing with a flurry of holiday travelers.

Around 60,000 Tennesseans are expected to take to the skies, and security officials say they'll be fully staffed to handle the increase.

Officials are reminding travelers to not pack any gels or liquids more than 3.4 ounces in their carry on bags.  You also shouldn't wrap any Christmas gifts before going through security.

They've also implemented a new rule this year to help travelers get through the lines faster.

"For children under 12 and adults that are over 75, you won't have to remove your shoes. We've taken a risk-based security approach and those are lower risk demographics of our passengers so we can focus on the things we need to instead of those that are lower risk," said Steve Wood, who's with TSA Federal Security.

Officials also say people should be ready to take off their shoes, jackets, and remove their laptops to get through lines quicker.

For more information on security screenings and to check flight status and delays, go to the airport's website.

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