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TSA having delays with its checked baggage system in Phoenix

PHOENIX — The Transportation Security Administration says it is still experiencing delays in its checked bag screening system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez says the technical issue began about 6:45 a.m. Thursday, May 12.

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

Melendez says the downed network has resulted in more than 3,000 bags missing flights so far.

He says TSA is working with its airline and airport partners and using alternative screening tools to screen bags, though those methods aren't as efficient as their automated system.

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

Sky Harbor officials say they're advising passengers to avoid checking luggage if possible.

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