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airport security update: tsa to require separate bins for all large electronic devices

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that they will be boosting their security measures by requiring all carry-on electronics larger than a cellphone to be screened separately at the airport. This new procedure will go into effect in all U.S. airports and will apply to devices like iPads, tablets, e-readers, and more.

TSA decided to take this measure in order to increase aviation security because the Department of Homeland Security is worried about illegal contraband or even bombs being hidden within these devices.

These electronics, just like a laptop, must now be placed in a separate bin with nothing on top or below them. So if you have more than one large electronic device, prepare for security to take a little longer than usual.

However, whether TSA agents can conduct a forensic examination on these devices without probable cause or reasonable suspicion is still unclear. Some Circuit courts allow for random forensic examinations and some require reasonable suspicion. Therefore, if your device is taken from you for a forensic examination and you feel your rights have been violated, feel free to give us at Wildes & Weinberg a call and we will advise your next steps.

For now, if you are eligible, you can avoid this new measure by signing up for TSA Pre-Check, where the screening process goes much quicker!

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 By Josh Wildes, Director of Communications


With offices in New York, New Jersey, Florida and California, Wildes & Weinberg, P.C., perhaps the United States’ premier law firm concentrating in the immigration and nationality field grew out of the practice of Leon Wildes, Esq., a distinguished immigration practitioner in New York City. Its original clientele consisted of individuals, rather than corporations, who had been placed in deportation or exclusion proceedings, lost their American citizenship, or were otherwise in jeopardy. Founded in 1960, the practice expanded steadily as word of its outstanding achievements in individual cases spread in the international community, attracting clients from a broad range of nations.

Michael J. Wildes is Managing Partner of Wildes and Weinberg, P.C. Mr. Wildes is a former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn (1989-1993). Mr. Wildes has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation and is internationally renowned for his successful representation of several defectors who have provided difficult to obtain national security information. He is frequently a legal commentator/analyst for network television and radio. He is an Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York From 2004 through 2010, Mr. Wildes was also the Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey where he resides. Wildes and Weinberg, P.C. has offices in New York, New Jersey, California and Florida. If you would like to contact Michael Wildes please email him at

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