New TSA Regulation Means You'll Have To Put Your Game Systems In Their Own Bin

You'll have to deal with even more bins.

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If you've ever traveled on a plane with a laptop, you know that it's a pain. You have to place your laptop into its own separate bin with nothing in it, while your carry-on, shoes, and jacket go through separately. Today, the Transportation Security Administration announced a new regulation that requires that every electronic device larger than a cell phone will have to be placed in their own container.

Up until now, you've been able to leave an iPad, Vita, or Nintendo Switch in your backpack or suitcase to go through the luggage scanner. That's no longer the case. Those devices will now have to be pulled out and put in a separate bin to go through security. Although the TSA announcement was unclear, it appears that smaller devices can go into a single bin together, as long as they do not overlap.

You won't be able to leave a Switch in your backpack when going through security any longer.
You won't be able to leave a Switch in your backpack when going through security any longer.

Personally, I move relatively frequently, and there have been instances in the past where I have brought an Xbox One, PS4, laptop, iPad, and Vita through security in my carry-on luggage. Large consoles already had to go into their own bins, but now that the smaller devices need to be separated, it'll mean that I attempt to go through the scanner with six or seven bins. That's surely going to make the people behind me pleased.

But, of course, if it means safer flying for all of us, then it's probably worthwhile. The TSA stated in a press release, "Due to an increased threat to aviation security, DHS Secretary John Kelly announced in late June new security requirements for nearly 280 airports in more than 100 countries. In an effort to raise the baseline for aviation security worldwide, TSA continues to work closely with airports and airlines to enhance security measures and stay ahead of the evolving threat."

The new rules will be phased in over the coming months. Eventually, they'll be in place in every airport in the United States. If you happen to be enrolled in TSA Pre-Check, however, the rule doesn't apply.

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New TSA Regulation Means You'll Have To Put Your Game Systems In Their Own Bin
"Large consoles already had to go into their own bins, but"

Why the hell did you create this article?

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Naylord

"But, of course, if it means safer flying for all of us, then it's probably worthwhile." Terrible reasoning. That's how we get into this mess. Flying is plenty safe as it is and inconvenience is like people dying but it is evenly distributed amongst everybody. If you waste 10 minutes of 10 million peoples lives, you've wasted 100 million minutes which is much longer than someone lives for and thus it's just like people dying really.

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naryanrobinson

"But, of course, if it means safer flying for all of us, then it's probably worthwhile."

Jesus Christ do people really still buy this s***?

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Pelezinho777

Can't you people leave all the electronics at home and enjoy a life a little bit?

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Zerohournow

first world problems...."I need 6 bins for all my shitty consoles??"

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Metallicwolf29

this is annoying. Just gonna end up checking my system when I travel. No way im pulling that thing out for everyone to see......

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santinegrete

News about new security measures, how helpful gamespot. I'm not sarcastic, in the 3rd world where I live in we make jokes until accidents happen too much.

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xgalacticax

Been doing that in the UK for the past 2-3 years

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rickjamesia

Hey... doesn't matter to me, but everyone behind me is going to wish they hadn't done this. I'll be slowly and carefully unpacking and repacking my PS4, Switch, and laptop, and I will not give one single care to how it affects anyone else, especially if it's for a good cause like increased security. I'm not sure I believe it actually helps increase security, but I'd bet the more hoops you have to go through to fly, the safer the masses feel.

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dragonsama

Great more song and dance that doesn't actually do anything to make you safe.

If we just do screening like they do in Israel then we wouldn't have to do this crap all the time.

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RicanV

Oh no! An extra bin!!!!

My worst nightmare come true!

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XDeathClawX

@RicanV: Large consoles already had to go into their own bins, but now that the smaller devices need to be separated, it'll mean that I attempt to go through the scanner with six or seven bins. That's surely going to make the people behind me pleased.

You missed that part :D

The complaints are definitely gonna soar and it'll come from people waiting for others with these devices.

I never fly though so idc.

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lower_case_dave

#FirstWorldProblems

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FrozenHELL78

I wonder what two regulations they had to get rid of to pass this pointless one.

With trumps remove two for one policy.

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mbrogz3000

The uninformed are going to make the security line even more of a disaster!

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LTJohnnyRico

Making Flying safer ... can only be a good thing !

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lionheartssj1

D*mn terrorists ruining everything.

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D_

Only reason I hate flying.. is the whole getting raped in the @$$ process at the airport… Better than getting blown up I guess.

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Pyrosa

...and if you've ever had the "pleasure" of flying through PHL or EWR, they've been making you do this for 15 years. No change.

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Xristophoros

larger than a cell phone? well, cell phones come in a variety of sizes... could they be any more vague? the galaxy note might be longer than the vita so does that mean vita is free of this policy? lol

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129260

I doubt this will do anything. Tsa has proven to be completely ineffective.

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