If you're traveling with camera gear, expect your next trip through airport security to be more time consuming.
Other than long layovers and cancelled flights, going through security is the most annoying thing about being in an airport, and now it's about to get even more so. The TSA announced Wednesday that they have plans to raise airport security with brand new domestic screening procedures targeting electronic carry-on items.
These stronger security measures will require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone inside bins for X-ray screening. This is the same exact protocol the TSA has enforced for electronics like laptops, but these new screenings will include smaller items such as tablets, handheld game consoles, and yes, even cameras.
TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia says in the press release:
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.
This new protocol has been tested in the 10 U.S. airports listed below, but the TSA plans to expand to all airports in the coming weeks and months.
- 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 Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
- McCarran International Airport (LAS)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
So, unless you're traveling to or from one of the airports listed above, you're saved from the inconvenience of unpacking your camera bag—for now.
To learn more about the TSA's new security measures, click here.