TSA raises aviation security screening – anything bigger than a cell phone

TSA is implementing new U.S. Airport screening procedures for carry on bags to ensure passenger safety. Any electronic device bigger than a cell phone will require x-ray screening.

TSA (Transport Security Administration) sets U.S. policy but this usually is adopted globally. The beefed-up electronics screening follows remarks made by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that cover 280 airports in 100 countries.

The new procedure requires travellers to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a tray with nothing on top or below to obtain a clearer X-ray image.

“Whether you’re flying to, from, or within the United States, TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security by strengthening the overall security of our commercial aviation network to keep flying as a safe option for everyone,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia.


TSA says passengers should expect more thorough bag checks. The new screening procedures in standard lanes are already in place in 10 U.S. airports with plans to expand to all airports soon.

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. Travellers are encouraged to organise their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving. There are no changes to what travellers can bring through the checkpoint; food and liquid items that comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule (items less than 100ml), electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags.

The stronger security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Pre✓ who are using TSA Pre✓ lanes. This program allows TSA to focus resources on passengers who may pose a high risk to security while providing expedited screening to those travellers who have been identified as low-risk, trusted travellers.

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