TSA proposes new security measures at small airports

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Transportation Security Administration is going for a whole different approach after cracking down on security over the past decade or so.

Smaller airports serving airplanes of 60 seats or fewer may not require screening to board. The proposal states passengers and luggage arriving from these smaller airports would still be screened by security, but it would occur when they arrive at a larger airport for a connecting flight. This plan would ensure people who have not been scanned wouldn't interact with pre-scanned passengers.

TSA said smaller aircrafts are less attractive to would-be terrorists since larger planes could cause more damage and loss of life. Busier airports have greater capacities and more advanced security measures than smaller locations.

If implemented, the plan to scrap screening at small airports would save $115 million annually. That money would be used to help boost security at larger airports.

It is unclear whether Wilmington International Airport will be affected by the proposed security changes.

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