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New TSA Rules Could Mean Major Headaches for Traveling Photographers

July 26, 2017

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As a rule, photographers tend to carry-on their gear. New rules announced today by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) could make that process a whole lot more cumbersome.

The rules will require travelers to remove all electronic devices larger than a cell phone from their carry-on for screening in their own bin–much like you have to do with laptops currently. 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. (If you thought people grumbled at you while you fumbled with your belt and loafers, just imagine packing and unpacking an entire case of camera gear.)

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.