Airports testing extra screening for tablets and e-readers

In a tweet, TSA confirmed there are small-scale trials at 10 US airports, but no nationwide procedures of the same nature have yet been put into place. Now, the TSA is working on more changes meant to make the security process more efficient - like removing food from carry-ons and using digital ID scanners.

What could serve to enhance the TSA checkpoint experience is a new automated way of checking identification and, hopefully, the elimination of boarding passes.

The TSA says items in the also bin also can't be stacked. It said its testing indicates that the time lost from passengers' removing items from their bags is made up because fewer items confuse staffers at X-ray machines, allowing faster scanning and reducing the number of manual bag checks.

Travelers at some USA airports are being asked to place electronic devices bigger than a cellphone in separate bins so that they can be examined more closely.

Cluttered carry-on bags, which have become increasingly more common as passengers try to avoid fees for checked luggage, can take longer for TSA screeners to decipher on an X-Ray machine.

They're forcing flyers to remove not just laptops, which they already do, but tablets, e-readers, books and food. Instead, normal screening of air passengers remains a monumental task, and there's no way around the inconvenience, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said recently in a speech. Some food items may require extra checks and be put into a separate bin for screening as well.

The new screening measures are being tested at the following airports: Boise, Idaho; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Detroit Metropolitan Airport; Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida; Logan Airport in Boston; Los Angeles International Airport; Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas; Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico; McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas; and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The TSA says it wants to eliminate false positives that occur when items like wires and electronics can look like weapons.

The new rules are set to be enforced once the summer travel season is over, so get ready to juggle those bins.

  • Zachary Reyes