Aug 03, 2017
By Chris Robinson
The US Transportation Security Administration said last week that it’s boosting security measures by requiring any carry-on electronic item larger than a cellphone to be screened separately at U.S. airports. The new screening will apply to devices like e-readers, iPads, and tablets. As the new procedures are phased in, TSA officers will ask passengers to take out their small electronics and “place them in a bin with nothing on top or below” — just like laptops are currently scanned.
The new rule eliminates the benefit of leaving laptops at home and traveling with a tablet. In the past, travellers were not required to fish out these smaller-sized electronics from their carry-on bags to be X-rayed.
On the positive side, the U.S. ban on laptops from the cabin on flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa was just lifted.