The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing new procedures at 10 U.S. airports that require people to carry less in their carry-ons.
Carry-on bags are just too cluttered, making it hard for screeners to do their jobs—which is to find explosives, the TSA said.
In addition to their laptops, passengers are being asked to remove all devices larger than a cellphone, including tablets and e-readers, as well as food and books, and place them in separate bins.
In a statement, the TSA said while there are no changes to what is allowed in carry-on bags, it "will evaluate the results at these test locations to determine if any future checkpoint procedures should be altered."
Passengers in the TSA's PreCheck program will not be subject to the new screening procedures.
The 10 airports where the test is being run are:
- Boise (Idaho) Airport
- Colorado Springs Airport
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (Florida) International Airport
- Logan International Airport in Boston
- Los Angeles International Airport
- Lubbock (Texas) Preston Smith International Airport
- Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport