TSA bag-screening issue causes over 3,000 bags to miss flights leaving Phoenix airport

A bag-screening issue has caused more than 3,000 checked bags to miss their outbound flights Thursday in Phoenix.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez said the technical issue began about 6:45 a.m. Thursday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

“TSA is working diligently with our airline and airport partners and using alternative screening tools to screen bags, though those method are not as efficient as our automated system,” he said in a statement. “TSA encourages passengers to continue to arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor early.”

A spokesperson with the airport told Fox 10 Phoenix that travelers should avoid checking bags if possible, and that the issue is only affecting outbound flights.

Photos from the airport showed hundreds of bags stacked in the an aiport parking lot waiting to be screened.

Melendez said that the TSA is bringing additional canine units from other airports, and bringing in network specialists to address the situation and screen all bags.

There’s no estimate on when the problem will be fixed.

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