Department of Homeland Security

Security Screening Cost Saving

Secretary Napolitano suggests raising security fees.


In the following presentation to the DFW Occupational Safety and Health Specialist the premise of reducing the burden of the carry-on baggage handled by TSA Officers is highlighted.


According to the safety proposal as a weight/size reduction begins as compliance with already established FAA protocol the size/weight restriction on carry-on baggage and has been concurred with by the airlines.




Compliance with FAA regulations, and monitored by FAA and TSA inspectors, beginning at the check-in counter and further enforced at the TSA airport checkpoints to mandate compliance with allowable carry-on baggage size and weight would -


1. Reduce oversize/overweight carry-on baggage,

2. Reduce airline liability for oversize/overweight baggage stowed in overhead compartments falling and striking passengers,

3. Reduce a potential out of balance condition to the aircraft and flight crew,

4. Reduce repetitive stress injury to TSA personnel from handling oversize/overweight carry-on baggage,

5. Reduce damage to TSA x-ray screening equipment from being damaged by the introduction of oversize/overweight carry-on baggage,

6. Reduce difficulty of TSA Officers, manning the x-ray inspection positions, to see through the oversize/overweight carry-on baggage,

7. Reduce checkpoint processing time for the additional carry-on baggage checks as a result of the oversize condition, and,

8. Reduce the expressed cost to TSA by $260 million dollars.



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