New Baggage Screening Up And Running At Gulfport-Biloxi Airport

Luggage is getting a lot more attention now at airports around the country.

Starting Friday, airports were required to meet the FAA's 100 percent baggage match requirement. Baggage has to either be screened for explosives, or airlines have to make sure the person checking their bags is getting on the plane.

Bruce Frallic, director of the Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport, says when you go to the ticket counter with your checked luggage, you're given a bar-code identification number and it's put in the computer. When you board the plane the number is checked, and if you don't board at the gate, then the baggage is taken off the plane.

Frallic says the new rules really aren't causing any delays and he hasn't heard anyone complaining.

"All of the same selectee activity is going on, and the other major difference for us is we have what's called continuous random search, which means not only are the selectees searched but then the next person up at the counter after that search is finished is the lucky person that gets their checked baggage searched. The focus is on checked baggage," Frallic said.

He said passengers need to get to the airport at least two hours before their flight so they will have plenty of time to check in.