National security intelligence has learned that terrorists are becoming more skilled at how to disguise explosives in electronic devices, causing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to announce new screening measures at airports.
Passengers traveling through standard TSA checkpoint lines at airports will now have to place all electronic devices from carry-on bags in a completely separate bin for X-ray screening. The new rule applies to anything larger than a cell phone.
Passengers who use the Pre-check lanes will be allowed to leave their electronic devices in their bags for the normal screening procedure.
The new screening procedures are first being tested at 10 airports and will be phased in at all airports across the nation in the coming months, as workers are trained to implement the program.
Huban Gowadia, the acting head of TSA, announced, “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.”
“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.
The first 10 airports using the new screening process are Boise, Boston, Colorado Springs, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Lubbock, Phoenix and San Juan.
Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security announced a laptop ban on certain incoming international flights, then lifted it, in lieu of new aviation security measures for all international flights entering the country.
In June, the TSA started testing another new security policy at some airports, asking passengers to remove their books from their bags for closer inspection – a move that brought swift opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
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