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TSA implements new rule for screening small electronic devices

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Posted at 6:54 AM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 06:54:35-04

The Transportation Security Administration is taking another measure to boost security.

TSA announced Wednesday all carry-on electronics larger than a cell phone will be required to be screened separately from other items at U.S. airports, according to CNN.

Devices like e-readers, iPads and tablets will need to be in their own bin, the same way laptops have been screened for years.

CNN reports TSA made the announcement due to "an increased threat to aviation security."

Tablets and other small electronic devices have been screened separately in ten airports through a successful pilot program, which will expand nationwide in the weeks and months ahead, CNN reports.

CNN says officials are implementing the new rule due to fears that devices could be used to smuggle explosives onboard aircrafts.

The new screening procedure will not apply to TSA pre-check fliers.