TSA Is Now Making Screening Procedures Even Tougher-All Electronics Bigger Than A Cell Phone Will Now Be Screened
The United States Transportation Security Administration announced that they would now have stronger screening procedures for carry-on electronics. This new procedure now requires that all devices that are larger than a cell phone should be placed in bins for X-ray screening when you move through the standard screening lanes. Before this the TSA had already required laptops to be placed in similar bins for checking. It seems that this procedure has now expanded to devices like iPads and portable gaming consoles as well.
TSA Screening May Slow You Down
Extensive testing and successful pilot programs have been conducted already at 10 airports and the administration is now going to expand to all U.S airports ‘during the weeks and months ahead’. It seems that there are big plans set for the airports across the country. According to TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia, “Whether you’re flying to, from, or within the United States, TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security by strengthening the overall security of our commercial aviation network to keep flying as a safe option for everyone. It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe. By separating personal electronic items such as laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles for screening, TSA officers can more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats.”
The TSA has found ways that help ‘improve screening measures’. This will be done by using ‘quicker and more targeted measures to clear the bags’ but we know that requiring more bins is bound to slow the procedure down in some way. These rules are already being followed in the following airports: Boise (BOI), Colorado Springs (COS), Detroit Metropolitan (DTW), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL), Logan International (BOS), Los Angeles International (LAX), Lubbock Preston Smith International (LBB), Luis Muñoz Marín International (SJU), McCarran International (LAS) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX).
If you don’t want all this hassle then get a TSA Pre membership. Customers who are enrolled in TSA Pre and are using the TSA Pre lanes will not be required to remove laptops or their electronic devices.