Those more stringent security inspection standards that the Department of Homeland Security recently started requiring for overseas airports are being implemented for domestic travel as well.
The Transportation Security Administration said this week that persons who use the standard (non-PreCheck) screening lanes will be required to remove all electronic devices larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and put them in a separate bin to go through the x-ray machines. This includes tablet-sized devices. The devices should have nothing else below or on top of them – the same way laptops have been handled for several years.
TSA said the procedure will help its officers see a better x-ray image. The new requirement will not apply for persons using TSA’s PreCheck lanes- but be prepared for this for those times you don’t get selected, or your airline does not participate with PreCheck.
So far, we’ve heard that the enhanced screening for international flights is causing minimal delays, so let’s hope that stricter screening at domestic checkpoints follows suit.
The new rules are already in place at 10 airports where they have been tested, including Boise, Colorado Springs, Detroit Metro, Ft. Lauderdale, Boston Logan, Los Angeles International, Lubbock, San Juan, Las Vegas and Phoenix Sky Harbor. They will be expanded “during the weeks and months ahead” to all airports, the agency said.
“In standard screening lanes, TSA officers will be stationed in front of the checkpoint X-ray machines to guide passengers through the screening process and recommend how best to arrange their carry-on items for X-ray screening,” the agency said.
“Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving. There are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint; food and liquid items that comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule, electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags.” (Travel Skills)