How New TSA Rules Will Impact Traveling Photographers

July 27, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

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If you’ve ever tapped your foot impatiently at the person struggling to undo their belt and slip off a pair of loafers on the airport security line, just wait. It’s going to get worse–especially if they’re a photographer.

According to new rules announced this week by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), travelers will be required to remove all electronic devices larger than a cell phone from their carry-on for screening in their own bin–much like you currently have to do with laptops. If you’re toting along a gear bag, it means you’ll be removing camera bodies, lenses, external drives, monitors–basically, a lot of stuff.

The new procedure is already in place in ten airports, including LAX and Logan International Airport. It will be introduced to all other airports in the U.S. in the “weeks and months ahead,” according to a TSA statement.

The good news, however, is that photographers and filmmakers can avoid having to unload their gear by enrolling in TSA Pre-Check. Those enrolled in that program won’t be subjected to the extra electronics screening. You can enroll here.

Via: DP Review.