TSA to roll out additional screening later this year

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that later this year the TSA will require additional items to be separated into bins, beyond the current requirements of liquids and laptops. Nothing has been finalized or announced, but some possibilities to ease screening are to pull food, paper, and tablets out of bags.They say that when bags are crammed full or cords are tangled together it makes screening difficult and requires more time.

(Supposedly those travelers with TSA Pre-check will be exempt. As if frequent travelers need another reason!)

Even without Pre-check there are ways to make going through security less painful, even if they require separating more of your stuff. Keeping your carry on organized definitely helps regardless of how many things have to go into bins.

Here are the best ways to keep your carry-on organized:

Keep items to be removed easily accessible. Your laptop, liquids bag, and anything else that needs to go in a bin should be at the top of your bag, easily taken out. While you’re waiting to show your documents to the TSO you can start pulling things out as long as you can still easily show your boarding pass when you get to the front of the line.

Use the pockets. I know it sounds obvious but using the internal and external pockets really helps. It makes it easier to find anything you’re looking for and avoids the whole frantic-digging-through-the-mess frenzy.

Put like items in small bags. Contain your cords, toiletries, and other miscellaneous items in small bags that you can tuck into crevices in your suitcase. This will make it far simpler to remove items that end up needing additional screening. I also love using packing cubes for my clothes–not only do they compress a large amount of clothing into a small space, they help keep your clothes together and organized.

Click here for more tips to make going through security easier!

Bonus tip: Among the items potentially needing additional screening: books. If you haven’t gotten one yet, now may be the time to invest in an eReader (like a Kindle Paperwhite). Not only will this make any additional screening much easier, but your load will be so much lighter!

Readers, how do you keep your suitcase organized? Are you concerned about additional TSA screening?


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  1. And maybe someday the morons that run TSA will put together a few tables so more than one or two passengers can unpack their stuff at a time. The tables might even be the same height so people can push their stuff along. Ah, that would be too much to ask.

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