The Transportation Safety Administration has a new rule in place for screening electronic devices. It’s going to start implementing a new screening procedure for electronics in carry-on luggage. The TSA has confirmed that this rule is going to apply at all airports in the United States. Passengers who are traveling through any and all airports in the country will be required to place all electronic devices larger than a cellphone in a separate bin during the security screening.
The new rule follows a brief laptop ban enforced by the Department of Homeland Security on select airlines and flights originating from certain airports.
That ban was implemented after intelligence reports suggested that terrorists might be able to conceal explosives in electronic devices. The laptop ban is no longer in force now after the DHS was satisfied with the new security processes implemented by those airlines and airports.
The TSA’s acting administrator Huban A. Gowadia said in a statement that “It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe.”
The agency’s new security measures do not apply to passengers in the United States that are enrolled in its PreCheck program, it has confirmed.