3OYS: Will TSA ban carry-on baggage?

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- With more than 100,000 passengers each day, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport can be a pretty busy place, and plenty of travelers are toting carry-on bags through those TSA checkpoints.

We caught up with Elise Haldy from San Diego, who said, “I hate checking bags. I usually carry on everything."

But recently published reports indicate counter-terrorism officials in the United States and overseas have been quietly discussing an all-out ban on carry-on luggage.

“I would say, yes, we have to do whatever we need to do to keep our folks safe," said Lulu Wells of Glendale.

Some passengers 3 On Your Side spoke to say banning carry-on luggage is fine with them. However, others like James McLaughlin are stunned by the idea.

"What’s the guarantee that it's going to make it safer?" McLaughlin asked.

"They've put enough parameters and checks and balances in place that it's a little overboard already," Jamie Mossovitz said.

Four months ago, TSA enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S.

But in an email to 3 On Your Side, Department of Homeland Security spokesperson S.Y. Lee downplayed the notion of banning carry-ons, saying, "As always, TSA will make necessary adjustments to its security protocols to meet an ever-evolving threat picture. However, at this time, we don't anticipate any further changes to carry-on bag policies and/or procedures."

Sky Harbor passengers like Mossovitz say they don't know what to think: “Things are going to happen, so a terrorist is going to find a way to do something no matter what parameters are put in place."

So, right now, carry-on luggage is allowed, and despite reports of a ban, TSA says that's simply not true.