TSA is getting stricter about what you can keep in your carry-on when you go through airport security.
What you're allowed to pack in your carry-on isn't changing, but when you go through security you'll have to take all electronics that are larger than a cell phone out of your bag and put it in a separate bin to be screened, a news release says.
So that means if you're traveling with a laptop, tablet and gaming device in your carry-on, you'll have to take it all out of your bag and put them each in a different bin so there's nothing on top of or below the device.
The new rules will not apply for those who have TSA Precheck and are going through security in a TSA Precheck lane.
It could mean more bag checks
This could mean your bags are checked more, TSA says.
In an effort to make things go smoothly, TSA says it'll have officers at security checkpoints to help passengers arrange the items in their carry-on for the x-ray screening.
TSA encourages people to keep carry-ons uncluttered and organized to keep security lines moving.
Why the change?
The agency says taking electronics out of carry-on bags helps screeners get a clearer x-ray image.
This change is part of efforts to increase security measures at airports across the country, with the agency noting there's an increased security threat.
"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,” TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia said in a statement.
When will this happen at MSP?
TSA tested this new security measure at 10 airports, and now it'll be phased in at all other airports in the U.S.
There's no set timeline for when this will roll out at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, with a spokesperson for TSA telling GoMN it'll happen in the coming weeks and months.