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NBC The TSA has announced plans to tighten screening of electronics at 10 U.S. Airports, Including Los Angeles, Boston and Fort Lauderdale.
If you think going through security lines at airports is already a hassle, be prepared: It’s going to get a lot worse.
The Transportation Security Administration is testing tighter screening of carry-on bags at 10 U.S. airports, including those in Boston, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and Lubbock, Texas. The agency could expand the new procedures to other airports, CNBC reported.
“Travelers will be asked to place electronics larger than a cell phone in a bin separately for X-ray screening. TSA officers may also advise travelers to place other carry-on items separately in a bin,” said Darby LaJoye, TSA assistant administrator for security operations.
The affected airports are:
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)
In short, the TSA believes this could be more a effective way to detect potential problems, by placing these items in separate bins for screening. These devices include tablets like iPads and e-readers.
If you are wondering if these extra procedures will slow down how long it takes to go through the security screening, the TSA lies when it says that won’t be a problem.
“Although, passengers may experience more bag checks, we are testing quicker and more targeted procedures at these locations,” said LaJoye.
The move to consider tighter screening procedures comes as the Department of Homeland Security weighs extending a ban on customers carrying laptops on flights to the U.S. from Europe. Such a decision would impact millions who travel on trans-Atlantic flights every month.
At the United Airlines annual meeting in Chicago, CEO Oscar Munoz said the carrier is in touch with the Trump Administration and it is ready to implement a laptop ban on flights from Europe.
So far, it has not been given a date when a laptop ban could start. “We understand there is a security threat out there,” said Munoz. (Well, that surely must qualify as ‘understatement of the year’)