Passengers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport soon will be required to remove any electronic device larger than a cellphone from carry-on luggage before putting it through the X-ray machine during security screenings.
The new rule, announced by the Transportation Security Administration earlier this year, means tablets, e-readers, cameras and other devices must be taken out of their bags and placed in bins by themselves, as has been required for laptops for years.
“This simple step helps TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image by uncluttering carry-on bags, thus allowing for a clearer X-ray image for our officers,” Andrea R. Mishoe, TSA’s federal security director for Maryland, said in a statement.
The rule will be introduced at BWI, and other airports around the country, in the coming weeks, the TSA said. It does not apply to TSA Pre-Check passengers in those designated security lines.
TSA officers will remind passengers of the new rule at security checkpoints when it is introduced. The agency encourages passengers to organize their carry-on luggage for a smooth and efficient security process.
The agency has not made any other changes to its list of prohibited items.
Quart-sized bags of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes — no more than 3.4 ounces each — are allowed through checkpoints.
The agency suggests passengers arrive to the airport two hours before their flights depart to allow plenty of time for ticketing, security screening and baggage checking.