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Separate Screening Bins

Separate Screening Bins

Travelers already need to place laptops in plastic bins — now you’ll need to do the same for things such as tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles.

Recently as I was flying back to the USA from Frankfurt, Germany I got caught unawares of this new regulation. Defiantly the guy in security was not thrilled with my 2 laptops, 2 cell phones, 2 tablets, an external hard drive, the liquids bag – and they wanted all the charging cables out too – I think I used all of the bins for that row. This was in the Frankfurt airport, but is soon coming to an airport near you.

The airports currently up and running with these regulations are: Boise, Colorado Springs, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Logan International, Los Angeles International, Lubbock Preston Smith International in Texas, Luis Muñoz Marín International in Puerto Rico, McCarran International in Las Vegas and Phoenix Sky Harbor International.

The new rules will not apply to those enrolled in TSA Pre Check, a program for frequent fliers who pay $85 and undergo a background check and fingerprinting in order to speed through security for five years. Enrollees don’t have to abide by the liquids rule or remove shoes, belts, jackets, laptops — and now, other electronics.

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