Flying with your Electronic Devices – Know Before You Go
Some people will carry at least one electronic device when going on a plane. However, most will have a cellphone, tablet, laptop, and a music player with them. These devices are part of the usual travel items just as clothing and footwear. So, travelers must keep in mind The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has guidelines that everyone must abide by before boarding their flight. It is best to inquire from your airline about security policies at the airport before you go.
Checking-in your Electronic Devices
When you are going through security, keep your electronic devices right where you can reach them. Preferably, having them in a carry-on can help prevent theft. So, having your devices with you is safer. If you will keep your electronics in your luggage, purchase a lock for safety. However, you must keep your luggage assessable to TSA agents in case of a random check.
All the small gadgets go in a bin together. However, the ones larger than a cell phone goes separately. TSA requires laptops and notebooks to be set individually for scanning. The agent will provide more instructions at the time you are going through the scanner. If you are in the TSA Pre-Check program, you will avoid all the hustle of taking out and putting in your devices.
Here are some devices you must place in a separate bin:
- External hard drives
- Handheld video game consoles
- Large cameras
- CPAP machines or other medical devices
Medical Electronic Devices
Traveling with an electronic medical device should not be an issue. The best thing to do is to inform the agent about the medical device before going through the scan. Agents are trained for situations like yours and will know what to do. Also, you can download a notification card and show the agent. Any medical device with a connection will not be disconnected, so prepare for a pat-down screening instead of going through a metal detector.
Electronic Devices During the Flight
Now that you are on the plane, you must comply with the flight regulations and the airline when it comes to using electronics. You can use them before taking off and during flight. You may not before taking off or landing. Laptops and notebooks must be stored in the overhead bin compartment or under the seat in front of you. Once you are given the okay to use them, you can retrieve and use it but must continue to follow the guidelines for security reasons.