Travellers to U.S. airports will now be required to remove all electronic equipment bigger than their cell phone from carry-on luggage, and have it inspected when going through TSA security before proceeding to their departure gate.
The new requirement will cover tablets, e-readers, handheld game consoles, and laptops, all of which will be put in a bin and passed through an X-ray scanner. Previously, only laptops were subject to these enhanced inspection techniques.
The new rules will apply only in standard security lanes. They will not affect travellers in preclearance systems such as Nexus.
TSA advises travellers to keep their electronics organized and have all devices ready for inspection so as to keep security lines moving.
Acting administrator of the Transportation and Safety Administration Huban Gowadia says, “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.”
The enhanced electronic device security measures have been pilot tested over the past year at 10 major U.S. airports—including Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix and Las Vegas. These are airport terminals Canadian flyers know well.
Are you ready to organize your electronic devices for your next trip? Do not forget your insurance.