New TSA Guidelines Mandate Stricter Checks on Gaming Systems, eBooks

New TSA guidelines rolling out in weeks, months ahead will affect gamers, ebook readers and anyone carrying electronics larger than a phone

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New TSA guidelines rolling out over the coming months to airports nationwide will now require that all electronics larger than a cell phone be removed from carry-ons during security screening and placed in their own bins, the agency announced today.

“It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe,"  TSA acting administrator Huban A. Gowadia said in a prepared statement. "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,” 

As the new procedures are phased in, TSA officers will begin to ask travelers to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for years. 

The enhanced security measures come after what the TSA is referring to as "extensive testing and successful pilots" at 10 airports.

This is the most recent change spurred by what Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said was an increased threat to aviation security in June. Last month, Kelly announced new security requirements for nearly 280 airports in more than 100 countries. 

The new rules don't apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Pre Check.