If you travel with a tablet or you’re the kind of guy who travels with a game console (?) than you might have to spend a little bit longer at security from now on, as the TSA will be asking people to take all devices bigger than a cellphone out of carry on bags and put separately into their own bin for X-Ray screening.
This is already a rule for laptops, and recently the TSA has run pilot programs for extra electronics screening at 10 airports*. This will be extended throughout the country in the weeks and months ahead.
TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia had this to say:
“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,”
TSA Pre membership customers using Pre lanes will still not have to remove any electronics from their carry on bags.
*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).