Grab an extra bin: Anything larger than a cell phone may get screened separately

The Transportation Security Administration is testing new screening procedures at nearly a dozen airports that would require electronics larger than a cell phone to go through the X-ray in a separate bin. (Photo: Department of Homeland Security via MGN Online)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - It's not just laptops that will need a separate bin during a TSA check at the airport.

The Transportation Security Administration announced they're testing new screening procedures at 10 airports "to stay ahead of evolving threats."

Anything larger than a cell phone will go in a separate bin for X-ray screening.

In a statement released by Darby LaJoye with TSA's security operations, "TSA officers may also advise travelers to place other carry-on items separately in a bin. Although, passengers may experience more bag checks, we are testing quicker and more targeted procedures at these locations."

The locations include:

  • Boise Airport (BOI)
  • Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB)
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
  • McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Items that will require the added screening include tablets and e-readers.

Placing them in separate bins will help agents get a clearer picture on the X-ray machine.

TSA will decide whether it will roll out new procedures based on the effectiveness of the extra screening at test sites.