TSA Won’t Force You to Empty Your Bag at These Airports

If you don’t have TSA Pre, then one of the most frustrating things to do when going through airport security is to take out all the fluids. Despite my status as a frequent flyer, I constantly managed to forget to put makeup or other small items in my zippered bag as I walked through the line, which ended up having to recheck my bag and argue with the TSA agent.

Fortunately, by the end of the year, TSA is eliminating this practice at several airports with a new type of bag scanner. The scanner uses computed tomography to create a three-dimensional image of your luggage. This means you no longer need to take out liquids or laptops.

The technology is currently being tested at a number of federal facilities and is being implemented at 15 airports. If you are traveling through security at these locations, there is a good chance that you will be able to leave your belongings in your bag. Here’s the current list:

• Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)

• Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

• Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

• Houston Hobby Airport (HOU)

• Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

• John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

• Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

• Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

• McCarran International Airport (LAS)

• Auckland International Airport (OAK)

• Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

• Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

• San Diego International Airport (SAN)

• st. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)

• Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

And TSA hopes to deploy the technology in 40 airports by the end of the year (25 more than on this list) and 145 airports by the end of 2019.

And if you travel frequently (even a few times a year) in the spring to receive the TSA Pre (or Global Entry if you plan to travel out of the country in the next few years – it comes with the TSA Pre). You never have to take off liquids, laptop or shoes while flying, and it costs endlessly $ 75 ($ 100 for Global Entry).


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