Security lines at the airport have been a source of anxiety for years now. The screening process was heightened after 9/11, making lines sometimes seem to go on forever.
Since airlines began charging hefty fees for passengers to check a bag, it's taking even more time to get through security. That's why almost everyone tries to squeeze their travel items into a carry-on bag nowadays, delaying the process further. Now, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is making a change to the screening process that could make wait times even longer.
How airport security lines could take even more time to get through
We're talking about security procedures dealing with electronics larger than a cellphone. The new rule forces passengers to remove gadgets such as tablets, e-readers, and handheld game consoles from their carry-on bag so they can be sent through X-ray screening in individual bins.
This procedure has been in place for laptops for years. However, the more items that need to be removed from bags and placed into individual bins could cause extreme delays. Especially since most everyone travels with some type of gadget now.
The TSA said the rule change is due to an increased threat to aviation security. The security measure has been tested in 10 U.S. airports over the past few months and will be implemented across all U.S. airports soon.
The TSA released the following statement, "To ensure the security of airline passengers and the nation's airports, the Transportation Security Administration is implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cellphone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. Following extensive testing and successful pilots at 10 airports, TSA plans to expand these measures to all U.S. airports during the weeks and months ahead."
Did you catch the part about "standard lanes?" That means travelers who have TSA PreCheck don't have to worry about this change. Click here if you want to find out more about PreCheck and how to sign up.
This rule change might make it the perfect time to become a TSA PreCheck member. It's only $85 for a five-year membership, which sounds better than standing in line for what could feel like five years.