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by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Tougher Electronics Screening at US Airports

July 27, 2017

Sharon and I travel a lot and spend a fair amount of times in airports. I was particularly concerned when I saw the report that TSA will begin enhanced screening measures at US airports. TSA stated travelers must remove electronics that are larger than a mobile phone from their carry-on bags and put them in bins just like laptop screening. TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia said, "Whether you're flying to, from, or within the United States, TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security by strengthening the overall security of our commercial aviation network to keep flying as a safe option for everyone. It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe. By separating personal electronic items such as laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles for screening, TSA officers can more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats."

The new procedures are already in place at ten airports and the nationwide rollout is scheduled to be implement in the next weeks and months. There is an exemption to the enhanced screening electronics for those enrolled in the TSA Precheck program. Thank goodness we're already Pre flyers and won't have to gather bins for our Kindles, Surface Pro, iPads and other gadgets we travel with.

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