Next time you fly, you may be required to remove more than just your laptop from your carry-on bag. TSA is expanding new security measures nationwide that will require those traveling with electronics larger than a cell phone to place them in separate bins when going through airport security.
This action is part of the administration’s ongoing goal of raising the baseline for airport and airline security measures. The new requirement will help TSA more effectively screen electronics to identify potential threats.
“It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia in a press release. “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 airports that currently have these measures in place are:
- Boise Airport (BOI)
- Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
- Logan International Airport (BOS)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB)
- Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
- McCarran International Airport (LAS)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
An implementation schedule wasn’t released, so it’s unclear when this new policy will be enacted across all U.S. airports. But don’t be surprised if you’re required to separate out your large electronics at security as early as next week.
There is a group of travelers that won’t need to adhere to this new policy, though. You guessed it: those enrolled in TSA Pre✓® trusted traveler program. Since these individuals have been pre-screened and cleared, they already enjoy the convenience of not needing to remove their laptop from their carry-on and take off their shoes, among other program perks.