By Kathy Walsh

DENVER (CBS4) – Be prepared to pull out your pretzels or show your sandwich when you go through security at Denver International Airport.

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These days, snacks and other items may be part of screening at airports across the country.

There are no changes to what you’re allowed to carry on, but the screening at security has become stricter.

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It used to be just laptops had to be in a separate bin and then x-rayed. But recently, the Transportation Security Administration required screening for all electronics larger than a cell phone.

There has also been a focus on other items, including food.

“I think that screening snacks seems a little pointless,” said one traveler at DIA.

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But in Colorado and across the country, TSA officers may suggest passengers remove select items, such as snacks, from their carry-on bags.

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“I don’t really know what they would be looking for,” said a woman heading for the security checkpoint. “You’re just going to be putting a lot more in bins and causing more traffic. I think it would be a lot slower.”

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But according to TSA, de-cluttering carry-on bags could facilitate the screening process and help obtain clearer x-ray images.

“I don’t mind putting anything in the bin so they can see what it is and verify that it’s okay,” said Lori Heniser.

Heniser and her husband, Larry, both of Castle Rock, are happy to display their snacks.

“Whatever it takes to keep us safe,” said Larry Heniser.

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TSA makes it clear there is no policy requiring travelers to remove food, but officers at any airport can make the request. TSA says the goal is to screen passengers as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The stronger security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA PreCheck who are using TSA PreCheck lanes.

Kathy Walsh is CBS4’s Weekend Anchor and Health Specialist. She has been with CBS4 since 1984. She is always open to story ideas. Follow Kathy on Twitter @WalshCBS4.

Comments (37)
  1. A couple of airports have been doing this for months, at least. Over the holidays, I went through two other airports that asked for food to be put in the bins. One airport also said cameras. So, it was food, cameras, toiletries, laptops/devices, shoes. It’s getting a bit ridiculous.

  2. Joe Pace says:

    “But according to TSA, de-cluttering carry-on bags could facilitate the screening process and help obtain clearer x-ray images.”

    Please, the only thing this will facilitate are longer lines and more wasted time at the checkpoints.

  3. Max Morris says:

    Interesting how the report doesn’t offer up the other side of the argument, for instance the TSA’s self reported EXTREME failure rates. The TSA’s continued abuses on the American public all for the supposed increase in security. I seem to recall a statement by a pretty smart guy about safety and security, to the effect of those who seek safety through the loss of liberty, deserve neither…p.s. so no-one disputes my statement about FAILURE see https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/investigation-breaches-us-airports-allowed-weapons-through-n367851

  4. feel safe you freedom hating sheep. this does NOTHING for safety. It is all about control and compliance, you, the citizen, comply and obey.

    1. Chaim Dees says:

      You’re right Glenn. This is another example of the slow, creeping glacial onset of tyranny since 9/11. Little bit more here a bit more there, deeper into our private lives and our personal possessions. “Papers please” is just around the corner at this point. Normalizing martial law prepares us for a dark age that approaches.

      Wake up people! No one can keep you 100% safe! Life ends for all of us at some point. I would love to avoid tragic deaths. Who wouldn’t? But, for crying out loud read history! Willingly abdicating (hard fought and won) privacy and freedom for the ILLUSION of safety WILL lead to a tragic LIFE for everyone! THIS is the real epidemic we face over the next 100 years. Don’t be a sheeple…

  5. Tim Payne says:

    The Henisers are the target audience for this theatrical union jobs program called the TSA. 90+ percent failure rate in tests over and over, yet every stupid new idea like taking out sandwiches is just fine as long as it ‘makes them feel safer’.

  6. tngilmer says:

    “Whatever it takes to keep us safe.” Old Ben Franklin is rolling in his grave, especially with the TSA in charge. The TSA was never designed to actually protect us from anything. It is Kabuki theater to condition the sheeple to submit to abuse by the government. The TSA was created by Bush 43 to fool the people into believing he was doing something to protect them but in reality was a vehicle for the rich RINOs who supported him to sell worthless and unusable security equipment to the Federal government and to enrich themselves at taxpayer expense. It was continued by Obama to provide a make work program for his supporters too stupid to make hamburgers. The sad part is that the conditioning of the sheeple is working.

  7. Arfy Warfy says:

    This is both “make work” and slave training.

  8. “~ de-cluttering carry-on bags”

    TSA doesn’t even know what they are looking for. The entire bureaucracy is merely a Bush Administration jobs program for the chronically unemployed.

    As for the guy who stated, “Whatever keeps us safe”…….he is nothing more than a sheep. He gives up liberty for the impression of safety.

  9. TSA has no Congressional controls and makes its own rules. When there is no real oversight you get TSA , corrupt from top to bottom.

    And beware, TSA is loaded with thieves, perverts, and all other manner of malcontents.

    Keep a very close eye on your stuff when near any TSA employee.

  10. Lou Moller says:

    The whole airport security is a joke. California issued 1,000,000 drivers licenses to illegals yet TSA accepts a California drivers license. Terrorist will have a big problem getting on planes – not.

  11. “Whatever it takes to keep us safe,” said Larry Heniser.”

    No Larry… If they say take your clothes off as you may have something taped to your body that the machine can’t see… is that ok?

    giving up all your freedoms just because you are told in the name of safety, isn’t very safe in the long run. Once you open that can of worms, you can’t put them back in

  12. Peter Famato says:

    Those Pop Rocks could cause an explosion that would bring a plane down. /s

  13. Doug Day says:

    Thank you, Islam, and the Democrats who love them…

  14. Story of our culture these daze…..O dear Big Brother in DC, anything you want to do, please keep us safe…Big Brother loves us and will take care of us. In Big Brother we trust. Sung to Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World, “Keep On Chompin’ On the Cheese Twirls!” Repeat numerous times, get in line.

  15. Steve Hollar says:

    Just hope they don’t touch your Twinkies with hands that were just used to feel around someone’s crotch and butt crack.

  16. They are obviously looking for cannabis snacks

  17. Mike Favetti says:

    In essence, the payment of $85 for a “Pre-Check” tag will allow almost anyone on board with almost anything, is that right? Oh I know, the Pre-Checked guys are vetted, right? Like the Islamist immigrants are vetted. I feel safer already!

  18. Susan Smith says:

    Remember the same gloves they wear to give pat downs and feel the private areas, are the same gloves they are using to paw through your belongings.

  19. Jack Riley says:

    Yes, TSA Pre check line was closed at PHX recently. Got pulled for a bag of peanuts in my carry on.

  20. Pat Riot says:

    “Whatever it takes to keep us safe.” As long as you *think* you’re safe, I guess that’s all that matters to you. You’re completely deluded, but whatever…

  21. They were doing this at MSP airport this last week too.

  22. Classic Sheeple: “Whatever it takes to keep us safe,” said Larry Heniser.

  23. Tony Konte says:

    They, who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. BEN FRANKLIN

  24. Better Idea: QUIT FLYING, MORONS

  25. James Bacon says:

    Number of terrorists stopped by TSA? ZERO
    NUMBER ex McDonald’s flunkees that now have high paying government jobs? Thousands

  26. Zak Watson says:

    “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  27. People appear to be simpletons when it comes to the possibility of something the carry being “compromised”…seriously shallow thinkers.

    Use your imagination – the only reason TSA screens anything is because it has the potential to be a weapon or weaponized.

  28. “Whatever it takes to keep us safe,” said Larry Heniser.

    It does NOT keep you safe! But if you feel better getting all these unreasonable searches and seizures, I guess we all have to go along with it, right?

  29. Rory Lapidus says:

    TJ Miller called in a fake snack report to the police. He has been killed dead.

  30. Buddy Burke says:

    Their all business when rousting the US vacation crowd and never miss a thing . But when the Jihadi suicide boys play holy war, these wimps never make a sound.

  31. We flew to London out of Logan Airport in Boston and the TSA had everyone pull food out for screening. When we flew back, out of London Heathrow, the British TSA type people confiscated snacks like little containers of applesauce for my daughter. We were surprised but okay with it.

  32. “Whatever it takes to keep us safe,” said Larry Heniser. Well Larry to keep you safe we need to lock you up in a concentration camp. That’s what it takes. It’s OK with you right?

  33. just what we need , more radiation
    breaking down the already
    destroyed nutrition in the
    minimal sustenance needed to
    endure an already
    torturous experience !!!!!!!!!!!!

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