New TSA carry-on screening procedures to expand to all U.S. airports

This is how TSA officers view X-rays of bags in security checks.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Airline travelers will soon have to adhere to stricter carry-on screening procedures, according to the TSA. 

In response to an increased threat to aviation security, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will require airline passengers to remove any electronics larger than a cellphone and place them in bins for X-ray screenings in standard lanes.

As new procedures are phased in, TSA officers will begin to ask travelers to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below, which helps officers obtain a clearer X-ray image. This is similar to how laptops have been screened for years, according to the press release.

The new screening procedures are already in use at 10 domestic airports, including Logan International Airport in Boston. The TSA announced plans to expand these procedures to all U.S. airports in the coming months, in a press release Wednesday.

“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,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia.

Travelers are encouraged to keep their carry-on bags unorganized and uncluttered to make the screening process quicker. These changes do not apply to TSA Pre-Check travelers using the appropriate lanes.

T.F. Green Airport has not immediately responded to a request for comment on how and when they will implement these changes.

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