Today, new security measures are going into effect at airports across the nation. But will these changes cause a longer wait for holiday travelers? NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta spent the morning at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport to see how the changes are affecting passengers.
Airport officials tell us they expect 40,000 passengers to fly in and out of Lubbock's airport now through January 4th. Early Thursday morning the airport check points were flooded with passengers leaving Lubbock. Lines were long only for moments but the travelers were among the first to experience the security changes.
Here's what's different, security officials tell us they will allow passengers to carry on some sharp objects that were not allowed before. For instance, you can now bring scissors with blades less than four inches on the plane.
Transportation Security Administration officials tell us screeners will take less time searching through bags and digging out small items. Instead they will focus more time conducting random searches and looking for explosives.
Officials say these changes should not take extra time but passengers should arrive at least an hour and a half early because of the high volume of travelers during this busy holiday season.