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Techies Beware – You Might Need to Use a LOT of Bins Next Time You Go to the Airport

New TSA rules mandate that all electronics larger than a smartphone must pass through scanners in separate bins.

Can’t go anywhere without your laptop, a Bluetooth speaker, an eReader, and a camera? Get ready to be that girl (or guy!) in the security line — new TSA rules that will be introduced across United States airports in the coming months will not only require you to remove all electronics larger than a smartphone from your bags, but to put each one in its own bin. Good times!

Things got started in May, when the TSA started trying to figure out ways to solve a growing problem — admittedly, not the first one that jumps to mind. If you’ve ever taken a sneak peek at what those X-ray scans of bags look like, you’ve probably seen an unintelligible mishmash of wires, clothes, and unidentifiable shapes. It’s becoming unintelligible to security, too — the TSA is trying to figure out ways to scan carry-on bags that aren’t overstuffed.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to do that without making you take more stuff out of your bag prior to putting it through the scanner, so here we are. To now, United States airports (and most airports internationally) have required you to put your laptop in a separate bin for scanning. Now, the TSA is putting into effect rules they’ve been testing since May — all electronics larger than smartphones must be removed. That includes handheld game consoles like the Nintendo 3DS, eReaders, tablets, Bluetooth speakers, and cameras.

But, the TSA must still be pretty worried about bombs hidden within any of those devices, because it won’t be enough to just take those out. Each gadget will have to be scanned separately in its own bin, which should slow down security lines considerably (whatever you do, do not get on a flight in a city where a tech tradeshow just ended).

This comes after news of heightened security measures for people flying into the United States from other countries came out. Those new measures include more varied screening tests, but the news was better than had been expected — an idea to ban laptops in carry-on bags was entertained seriously before being dismissed.

The rules are already in effect at U.S. airports where the TSA was testing the new rules, and will be rolled out to all airports within the year.

Via The Verge

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