New TSA procedure requires cameras to be placed in a separate bin

Photo by Josh Hallett. Licensed under Creative Commons

Photographers who fly frequently in the US may want to finally pay for TSA Pre-check status. New rules state that in standard security lines, cameras will need to be placed in a separate bin for screening. According to new procedures announced by the TSA today, any electronic device larger than a cell phone will need to be removed from its case or bag and placed in a bin with nothing above or below it.

Now, not only will your laptop need its own bin, but potentially every camera body, lens, flashgun and tablet in your carry-on bags will need to be placed in bins for X-ray screening. A photographer traveling with a full complement of gear for a shoot is going to need to budget a little extra time for all of the un-packing and packing at the airport.

TSA mentions that the heightened security requirements come as a response to ‘an increased threat to aviation security.’ The new procedures are already in place at ten airports and will be phased in to all airports in the ‘weeks and months ahead.’ There’s also no change in what items are permitted through security.

Anyone enrolled in TSA’s Pre-check program will be able to keep their electronics in bags just as before. If you do a great deal of flying through the US with photo equipment, that’s probably going to sound pretty appealing.

Here are the airports where the new rules are already in place:

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

Have you flown through any of the airports with the new regulations in place? Let us know about your experience in the comments.

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