Getting Thru The Airport with Camera Gear Just Got HARD

by planetMitch1 Comment

If you thought getting thru the airport with camera gear in the USA was possibly a pain before now, then you've got a surprise coming and it isn't going to be good.

The TSA has announced that you'll have to pull out all cameras and other electronics larger than a cell phone and put them in their own bins.

I think that just made the lines take longer as well.

And maybe paying for TSA Pre will be even more sensible?

From the TSA Announcement:

“As new procedures are phased in, TSA officers will begin to ask travelers to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for years. This simple step helps TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image.”

From Petapixel:

Bad news, photographers: your airport experience in the United States is now more tedious if you’re planning to carry a camera onto the plane. The TSA just announced that all electronics larger than a cell phone need to be placed into a bin for separate screening.

The move is part of a rollout of “new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items.”

If you’re bringing a camera bag or case onto the plane to keep it with you, you’ll be required to pull the camera(s) out of the bag and place them inside a bin for X-ray screening while passing through the standard security lanes. The camera will need to have nothing above or below it, similar to how laptops have already been screened at airports for years now.

The stated goal of this new measure is to give TSA security officers a clearer X-ray image of electronics than if those gadgets are left inside carry-on bags.

Source: TSA Requires a Separate Screening of Cameras in Airports Now


(cover photo credit: Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash)


  1. I try to avoid filming in the US. Its pain in arse but unfortunately I have shoot their this August..oh man things just keep getting worse.

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