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US: Flyers will now face stricter checks for electronics

01 Aug 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
Stricter checks for gadgets on American flights

American travelers flying to, from and within the country are set for tougher security measures at airports.

Soon, like India, passengers will have to separate personal electronic devices (PEDs) going in cabin baggage for X-ray screening.

Till now, only large ones like laptops needed to be taken out of the bag.

The move comes in view of "increased threat to aviation security".

In context: Stricter checks for gadgets on American flights

01 Aug 2017US: Flyers will now face stricter checks for electronics

DetailsMore bag checks also likely

The American aviation security agency, Transportation Security Administration, said the decision is due to "increased threat to aviation security".

Travelers will now have to "place (smaller PEDs) in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for years".

TSA added passengers might also face more bag checks.

However, there is no change in what people can carry.

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