Just this past week TSA announced new screening procedures for carry-on luggage. Evidently there has been a heightened need for security after an issue with LapTops in the middle east.
So to address this new possible threat passengers will be asked to remove all electronic items that are larger than a cell phone and place them in a screening bin, each one in it’s own bin which will help security officers to have a better vision of individual electronic items.
Such items might include a kindle, an Ipad, a camera, a camera lens, a bluetooth speaker and anything else that is larger than a cell phone and is of an electronic nature.
These increased measures are already in place at the following domestic airports:
- 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 (SJU)
- McCarran International Airport (LAS)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Passengers enrolled in TSA PreCheck and Global Entry are exempt from these new measures. They are not required to remove liquids, shoes, electronics, laptops, belts or lighter outerwear. TSA PreCheck identifies low risk passengers which then allows TSA to concentrate their efforts on higher risk passengers.
There are no new restrictions on what travelers can bring through the security checkpoints. But people will be encouraged to better organize their carry-on items to expedite the security process. One method that I have been using for years is to use the Ziploc baggies to organize everything from pens, change, video cards, and other small items to cords for electronic items. This makes it easier to pack and organize these items but also helps in being able to find them without them becoming tangled.
Increased security is not a bad thing. It helps us to get to our destinations unscathed and ready for the next awesome adventure.
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