Earlier this summer, TSA banned laptops and other large electronics on flights into the United States from certain countries. Almost as quickly, they removed those bans – likely due to feedback from the airlines who were concerned that travelers would use video conferencing instead of flying.
Later this summer, TSA started a pilot program at a few airports that implemented enhanced scanning of electronics.
Now they are beginning the roll out of the program nationwide between now and early 2018.
Here is how the program will work. Passengers will be required to take ALL electronics larger than a cell phone out of their carry on bags and place them in a tray by themselves with nothing underneath them and nothing on top of them.
This includes game consoles, cameras, iPads and other large electronics.
Because of these new rules and the anticipated delays at screening locations, TSA is recommending that passengers arrive at the airport 90 minutes before their flight rather than 60 minutes before.
It is not clear if these rules will apply to TSA Precheck passengers.
Information for this post came from Security Today.