Another week, another change to the moving target that has become Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security screening procedures. The latest, announced in a press release Wednesday: All electronics larger than a cell phone must be placed in separate bins for separate screening.
For those of you scoring at home, this means everything including fancy cameras, Kindles, iPads, and handheld gaming devices now must come out of their bags, placed in a bin, and sent through scanning devices individually.
Although there is no change to the items that can be brought through checkpoints, the idea behind the latest rules is to scan all electronic devices the same way TSA has screened laptops for years.
The overarching goal, at least according Huban A. Gowadia, acting TSA administrator, is to give TSA security officers a clearer X-ray image of electronics than they would have if these gadgets are left inside carry-on bags.
“It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe,” Gowadia is quoted as saying in the release. “By separating personal electronic items, TSA officers can more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats.”
The release noted that it is possible passengers may experience more bag checks in conjunction with the new procedure. Also, if you are enrolled in TSA’s PreCheck program, you still won’t be required to remove electronics from your bags.
According to the TSA, the new screening procedures already are in place at 10 domestic airports, with plans to expand to all U.S. airports during the weeks and months ahead.
Airports with the new procedures in place include include 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 Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU); McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS); and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).