As if waiting in line at the airport wasn’t already your least favorite part of traveling, things just got a little more tedious.
New rules will go into effect shortly, limiting the size of items you can keep in your bags while going through security. The metric: anything larger than a cell phone. That’s right, anything larger than a cell phone must be unpacked from your carry-on luggage and placed in a separate bin for examination. That includes cameras, tablets, video game consoles, and tons of other items you thought would be safe tightly packed under your sweater and spare toothbrush.
Security officials say the extra scrutiny will allow them to more closely inspect electronic items under the x-ray machine. This new measure comes as a compromise with members of the TSA who originally pushed for a ban on these items on airplanes. I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief that those rules aren’t coming to an airport near you.
Although this doesn’t seem like a big change, those precious moments count. Instead of placing a laptop in a bin and moving on, travelers will essentially need to unpack their carry-on bags. What can you do to ensure you don’t miss your flight?
First, pack all those items close to the top of your bags. That way, they will all be readily accessible when it’s your turn in line. Next, get to the airport early! This is a big one. Your trip will be much less stressful and, besides, you can always catch a nap in the terminal. Last, you can enroll in the TSA’s PreCheck program. This service allows you to bypass most of airport security’s hurdles. In fact, most passengers in using PreCheck in June 2018 spent an average of 5 minutes in line. If that is not a traveling miracle, I’m not sure what is. You’ll need a small background check to apply, a small price to pay for frequent travelers.
Unfortunately, these new flight restrictions may bring more than a few headaches this summer. But with a little planning and preparation, you will be relaxing at your next destination in no time.
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