By Alex DeMetrick

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The rash of terror attacks in Great Britain come as the summer travel season is beginning. That means security measures, especially at airports, will see increased work loads, and passengers longer waits.

Finding and removing the everyday items that terrorists have turned into threats is a huge challenge, WJZ’s Alex DeMetrick reports.

And between now and Labor Day, a lot of Americans will spend time coming and going by air.

Since 9/11, passenger planes have been a high priority target for terrorists, with bombs bringing down a Russian airliner in Egypt, and blowing a hole in a Somali jet last year.

“Airplanes have been the common threat that we’ve seen over the past several years,” says Ben Yelin, of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security.

And the last line of defense is Transportation Security Administration security screening.

“A 9-volt battery,” says TSA officer Camille Morris. “A AA battery is fine. A AAA. A 9-volt battery is a huge power charge. The size of the battery that can take down a plane when attached to an explosive.”

That kind of threat prompted a ban on laptop and computer pads from airplane cabins flying from seven African and Middle Eastern countries this past spring. It could spread to domestic flights.

“The Department of Homeland Security is currently considering the possible expansion of that laptop ban,” says Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokesperson. “No decision has been made.”

Meanwhile, things like peanut butter must go into checked bags, not carry-ons. Innocent mistakes that can slow down screening.

But for most, an abundance of caution is no mistake.

“With today’s terrorism, you can’t trust anybody,” one passenger said.

“It’s a determined enemy,” according to Farbstein. “They’re targeting transportation hubs, and so what we want to do is make sure you get to your destination safely, and go home safely.”

TSA is urging air travelers to give themselves more time during the summer. Arrive two hours before a domestic flight, and three hours before an international trip. They also ask that passengers do their part by reviewing what objects are allowed on carry ons and which must go into checked luggage.

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Comments (61)
  1. TSA thugs salivate at any opportinity to annoy travelers.

    1. Because nothing says “terrorism” than an 80-year old woman or a pretty young white blond.

      1. dt60093 says:

        Or a half way pretty blond like Reality Winner, an Islamist sympathizer.

  2. “With today’s terrorism, you can’t trust anybody…”

    Anybody affiliated with islam, that is.

    Profiling will solve the problem.

    1. Frank, you are absolutely correct. Profiling is the answer. I want to see the government tell all business travelers no laptop allowed.

  3. Media says:

    What a great way to stop business travel for the airlines. Perhaps NOW people will STOP flying for business. Less Pollution and less time wasted. I hate having to travel all over the country and work on the flights as I go from city to city.

  4. John Dough says:

    “A 9-volt battery,” says TSA officer Camille Morris.

    What?! HAHAHAHAHAH What a f-ing nimrod. There’s a village somewhere missing a lot of idiots that can be found wearing TSA uniforms.

  5. Ferd Berfel says:

    the Israelis don’t do any of that and have not had an incident in decades. THEY PROFILE. We, of course, are way to smart for that.

  6. Mad Muslims attack at concerts and bridges. So you can’t take a laptop onto a plane.

    Mad Muslims explode bombs. So you can’t have a 9 volt battery.

    Here’s an idea. Keep the Mad Muslims away. Then you don’t have to stop little old ladies from bringing water onto planes.

    1. Yup its simple, ask TSA how many White, Black, Chinese, etc. people have “attacked “airlines in the past 25 years or so. Then do some calculating on how many Muslim’s hate us and would attack us.

  7. Tom Siebert says:

    “With today’s terrorism, you can’t trust anybody,” one passenger said.

    Who? Why is this comment not attributed? It should not have been used.

  8. Before long you will only be able to fly if you are naked and submit to a cavity search.

  9. Jack Kemp says:

    Yet another government agency that has exceeded its mandate and needs to be shut down.

  10. I’m going to be really POed if I can’t my iPad to Bermuda, or bring it back with me.

  11. You all know how to fix this problem. Simply stop traveling by air and make it known to the airlines the only way you will return is if they remove the TSA from the Airports. Every time you buy a ticket you consent and waive your 4th Amendment rights. The TSA does not have the authority to do what it is doing. You are giving it to them.

    1. Donald Katty says:

      Please, please take your meds before you make a fool of yourself again.

    2. Hakuna, well said and I hope you can ignore the comment left by Donald. For as Goethe once wrote: “None are more hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.”

      It doth seem poor Donald enjoys his free range tax slavery on the Federal Plantation a bit too wholeheartedly. Perhaps the Daddy Government to wit he blindly worships will award him an extra Milk-Dud for being such an obedient fellatiator of STATE.

  12. Lilith Whyte says:

    I sure miss White America.

  13. Jeffrey Gee says:

    Who the hell brings peanut butter on a plane. Really, all the bomb sniffing dogs, expensive X-ray machines, personnel that tax dollar money could buy can’t tell the difference between a laptop and a bomb, idiots??? Flying is more of a headache than it is worth!

  14. They’re too busy patting down 89 year old grandmothers, toddlers and hot chicks to pay attention to Muslims.

  15. Jim Williams says:

    Eventually everyone is going to have to fly nude and stick their finger up the butt of the passenger sitting next to them in order to make sure their isn’t a bomb hidden up there. Maybe that requirement will keep some people awake on a Red Eye flight.

  16. Stop importing muslims. Deport any muslim who supports Sharia. Then we can go back to normal, where the only threat is black street crime and progressive domestic terrorists.

  17. George Henry says:

    Ban Muslims. I am sick of my freedom being sacrificed for the sake of these swine!

    1. It’s not a ‘religion’ any more than the Third Reich was a religion. Both are defective, medieval death cults that need to be wiped from the Earth.

      There are plenty of real religions to choose from, Moos; if you belong to this fake one don’t be surprised to be treated with disgust and suspicion.

  18. Lynn Wood says:

    No paper, no cloth, no plastic, no electronics on flights. TSA staffing on all bus and train terminals, overhead drone patrols, controlled checkpoints on roads and highways. What will it take for us to be safe??

  19. People say there is a RACE problem. People say this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY and ONLY into White countries.

    People say the only solution to the RACE problem is if ALL and ONLY White countries “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against White people, Anti-Whites agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  20. How about this: get serious about killing off Allah the Pigraper’s death cult? Tell the Moos that every terrorist attack from now on will result in a JDAM being inserted into a mosque at random with 30 minutes notice. Except for the first one: that black cube in Mecca has to be vaporized first. Let’s see if Allah the Pigraper can stop it from happening.

    Quit messing around with these defective, medieval Moos – time to take back the world.

  21. Steve Brown says:

    This makes me so freaking angry. And we will have to put up with it because of the stupid people like the “one passenger said” mentioned in the article.

  22. Bad move all the passengers will freak on this one! TSA is not very bright but they do anything they can to justify their measly existence.

  23. I have a feeling relegating Laptops to checked baggage will impact the airlines more than they may realize. No sensible traveler will willingly submit his or her one to three thousand dollar laptop to the baggage compartment of a plane especially knowing how poorly their other bags get treated. One can only imagine the dangling wires and broken piece of circuit boards hanging from what was once your computer when you retrieve it at the end of your flight if it arrives at your destination at all. I think that if this new regulation is enacted there will be a reduction in business trips and more meetings will take place over Skype, businessmen will be renting automobiles and driving to other cities or taking the overnight train.

  24. What’s to keep the terrorist to detonate his checked laptop form the iPhone he carried abourd the plane??

    The ONLY way to eliminate the problem is to eliminate the problem: Muslims.

  25. John Paulo says:

    TSA agents want a raise. Since they are not getting it, they will be able to swipe your laptop from the checked luggage and sell it for easy money. Want to file a complaint ? Just put it right into a handy shredder, it will reach the same destination as if you mailed it.

  26. Frank Muller says:

    If they could only figure out what group is doing these attacks then we could stop them from coming here.

  27. A 9V battery is composed of 6 AAAA batteries wired in series in a metal casing. Anything that can be done with a 9V battery could be done with 6 AA’s with more amperage. The comment about 9V battery shows ignorance of basic electricity. TSA is all smoke and mirrors, a smart and determined terrorist will be able to get through. Profiling is the best defense, but politically incorrect.

  28. Why are people still flying?

    why do they voluntarily subject themselves to this abuse?