New TSA Rule Requires Screening of Devices Larger Than a Cell Phone

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The security lines at the airport are about to get even longer. The TSA announced new screening regulations for carry-on luggage, and while they'll probably be beneficial for TSA agents, they're going to be a pain for travelers.

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Domestic travelers are now required to remove all electronic devices larger than a cell phone from their bags so the gadgets can be X-rayed separately. This includes tablets, e-readers, game consoles, and other large devices. The gadgets will need to be placed in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for years. The added step helps TSA agents obtain a clearer X-ray image.

"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. "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 new procedure is already in effect at 10 airports around the country, and it'll be implemented nationwide once those pilot programs have been deemed successful.

The rules will affect travelers who fly under the general guidelines, but TSA PreCheck travelers can continue to enjoy the expedited security screening process without the added annoyance. As for everyone else? The TSA suggests that people "organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process."

The TSA has obviously never traveled.

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