For some reason, the TSA has decided to update its guidelines with the express purpose of making consumer electronics cause longer lines in the security check-in process. Now, devices larger than phones will be treated the same as devices such as laptops and full-size game consoles. Over the next few months, the TSA will be implementing this new policy in all airports in the United States. The policy is meant to “address an increased threat to aviation security and raise the baseline for aviation security worldwide.”
Now, any device larger than a cell phone has to be separated from the rest of a passenger’s luggage into an X-ray bin. This means things like tablets, eReaders, the Nintendo Switch and 3DS. All of these devices need to be in bins, laid flat. That means people like us who might travel with several devices could end up needing way more bins than normal.
Considering the awful situations in airport regulations so far this year, it’s difficult to take a new policy seriously. This new policy, for example, follows the removal of the “laptop ban” imposed by the Trump administration, which sought to prevent travelers to certain Middle East countries from specific airports from bringing large electronics at all in carry-on luggage.