Unless you've invested in PreCheck or tend to pack light, there's a good chance your slog through the airport security line involves at least three plastic screening bins -- one for your shoes and jacket, one for your laptop, and maybe another for your backpack -- along with your carry-on bag. But on Wednesday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a new rule for electronics that means you'll likely have to juggle yet another bin, you know, while trying to slide off your shoes.
The agency said US airport security checkpoints will now require you to remove all electronics larger than a phone from your carry-on bags and place them in separate bins for screening, the same thing you've been doing with laptops for years now. In other words, you'll have to remember to take out your iPad, Kindle, or other large tablets or gaming devices and add another bin to your X-ray conveyor belt train. The new security measure will be in place at all US airports in "the weeks and months ahead," TSA said in a press release.