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TSA: Tablets must fly solo through Pittsburgh and Latrobe airport security

Theresa Clift
| Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 5:27 p.m.
Travelers go through security at Pittsburgh International Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Travelers go through security at Pittsburgh International Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

Laptops will no longer be the only electronics that airline passengers will have to put in a separate bin when they go through a security checkpoint at airports near Latrobe and Pittsburgh.

A new Transportation Security Administration policy requires passengers to put their tablets, e-readers and handheld games in their own bins before they go on an X-ray conveyor belt.

The policy took effect at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport near Latrobe this week, and it will begin at Pittsburgh International Airport on Oct. 2, according to a TSA news release.

TSA has required laptops to be placed in a separate bin for years.

The change will allow TSA agents to get a clearer X-ray image of the devices, the release states.

“TSA must constantly enhance its security procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats,” Karen Keys-Turner, TSA's federal security director for Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, said in the release. “TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security.”

TSA officials do not anticipate the new policy will have any appreciable effect on security wait times, TSA spokesman Michael England said.

At Pittsburgh International, 97 percent of passengers wait less than 20 minutes to go through the security line, according to TSA data.

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5669, tclift@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tclift.

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