The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revised its security screening procedures for personal electronics devices (PEDs) July 26, requiring all PEDs larger than a cellphone to now be placed in separate bins for X-ray screening.

TSA said it will roll out the new screening procedures to all US airports in coming “weeks and months.”

TSA said PEDs larger than cellphones will now be required to be placed in bins “with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for years.”

The move comes following the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directive in June specifying new security requirements for 280 airports in 100 countries that offer direct flights to the US. On July 21, TSA lifted a ban on large PEDs being carried into passenger compartments on US-bound aircraft from 10 Middle Eastern airports, citing the affected airports’ compliance with meeting DHS’s security screening requirements.

“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,” TSA acting administrator Huban Gowadia said.

TSA is now operating the new large PED screening procedure at 10 US airports, and advises “it is possible that passengers may experience more bag checks … travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.”

US airports with the new large PED screening procedure in place include: Boise Airport (BOI), Idaho; Colorado Springs Airport (COS), Colorado; Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW); Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Florida; Boston Logan International Airport (BOS); Los Angeles International Airport (LAX); Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB), Texas; San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), Puerto Rico; Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS); and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

“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,” Gowadia said.

Mark Nensel