I have jokingly said that one of my goals in life is to one day use all of the bins at the airport security checkpoint. The Transportation Security Administration may have just made that a practical reality.
To ensure the security of airline passengers and the nation’s airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. Following extensive testing and successful pilots at 10 airports, TSA plans to expand these measures to all U.S. airports during the weeks and months ahead.
Due to an increased threat to aviation security, DHS Secretary John Kelly announced in late June new security requirements for nearly 280 airports in more than 100 countries. In an effort to raise the baseline for aviation security worldwide, TSA continues to work closely with airports and airlines to enhance security measures and stay ahead of the evolving threat.
“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,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia.
Technically the new rules only cover devices larger than a cell phone, but since that will be in your pocket it's going to go through the scanner anyway.
The new rule has already gone into effect at ten airports, and will soon expand to other US airports.
They do not apply to passengers in the TSA pre-check program.
I had always been joking about using all the bins, but now that the new rules are here I will be looking at just how many gadgets I really need. Many travelers are going to make the same calculation, but even so you should expect to see longer lines at security.
And if you have to fly during major tech events like CES, god help you. There's just no way for the press to not bring all of the gadgets they need to do their job, so the wait time at security is going to be astronomical.