If all of this sounds tedious to you, don't worry -- the TSA said it has no immediate plans to institute the updated screening procedure at airports nationwide. On Wednesday, the agency issued the following statement to clarify the purpose of the change and its current scope.
"Over the past year, TSA has been adjusting screening procedures at select U.S. airports on a trial basis in an effort to improve screener performance at the checkpoint. There are no changes to what is allowed in carry-on bags. Travelers at select test locations may be asked to place certain electronics and other items in a separate bin for screening in an effort to de-clutter baggage. TSA will evaluate the results at these test locations to determine if any future checkpoint procedures should be altered. As we have said time and again, TSA continuously enhances and adjusts security screening procedures, both seen and unseen, to maintain the highest levels of security."
With any luck, the new screening procedure will help speed up security lines as the TSA intends. In any case, pack well and pack wisely.