TSA has new security checkpoint rules ahead of holiday travel season

GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) –

One of the busiest travel days of the year is just around the corner.

Many of you may be getting ready for flights to visit friends and family members this Thanksgiving. If you are, there are some new TSA security check point rules you may want to know about.

Any electronics larger than a cell phone need to be put in individual bins to go through the X-ray machine. This includes, but is not limited to tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles. Laptops already needed to be taken out of carry on bags and put into their own bin.

TSA agents explained without the electronics in the bag, they are able to get a clearer image when the the carry on bags go through the x-ray machine.

TSA made this decision in the summer. It started at 10 major airports in the US and has since expanded.

TSA leaders said the new rule is in a rollout phase at GSP while employees get trained. It’s possible people may be asked to take their electronics out of their carry-ons while agents are training. The rule goes into effect at the start of 2018. Agents recommend passengers start getting into practice of removing these electronics.

The new rules do not apply to passengers using TSA precheck.

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