Just recently, TSA updated their security protocols and are now requiring flyers to not only put their laptops through security screening but all of the electronics that they bring with them. With technology constantly advancing, TSA is working very hard to keep up with the trends in order to keep passengers safe from any type of threat. So, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, be sure to put all your electronics in separate bins while you are waiting in the security line.
TSA Amps Up Security Measures
Since the month of July, TSA has been requiring all passengers to remove all of their electronics from their bags and place them into separate bins for screening. Originally, only large technology instruments such as laptops needed to be removed from bags and placed in bins for screening. However, since technology is constantly changing, TSA wants to increase their security measures in order to keep up with the constantly evolving trends. So, for travelers, this means that ALL electronics including phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, camera/GoPro, portable chargers, etc. cannot stay in your bag during the time of screening.
Currently, 10 airports have been implementing the new TSA security guidelines including Colorado Springs; Detroit, Michigan; Boise, Idaho; Phoenix, Arizona; Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles, California; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lubbock County, Texas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Even airports in the Washington area are starting to switch their policies over. As time goes on, we will start to see more airports adapting their policies to match the new TSA standards. However, though TSA is acting fast to transfer over the new policy, members of TSA Pre-Check are exempted from this new security practice and will not be required to place of their electronic devices in the screening bins.
Increased Screening to Combat Terrorism
After much consideration, TSA decided the new security protocol was highly necessary in order to avoid any forms of terrorist attacks. By placing each electronic device in separate bins, security will be able to carefully screen for foreign substances and objects that could pose a threat to the safety of passengers.
In a presentation set at the Washington Dulles International Airport, TSA agents showed how terrorists could potentially hide explosive materials inside current electronic devices. For example, Lisa Farbstein, TSA spokesman, showed an e-reader with a wire protruding from the bottom and then revealed a black powdery substance that was covering the batteries of a child’s electronic toy. It’s evident that as technology advances so will new ways of hiding explosive devices be discovered which is why TSA finds it of utmost importance to constantly update their security policy.
Luckily, this new security protocol is not only being implemented in the US but overseas as well. Over 280 airports across 100 countries have explosive-detection dogs, advanced security screening technology, heightened security, pre-boarding interviews, closer documentation inspection, etc. (Source). Unfortunately, this may slow down check-in and security lines, but it is a price worth paying for increased safety.