TSA Announces Stricter Security Rules

The rules have been piloted in 10 U.S. airports and will soon expand to all airports.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday it will implement new stricter security rules requiring airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones from checked baggage for screening.

Prior rules require laptops to be removed for separate screening. TSA said the new rules may result in more bag checks. The rules have been in place in a pilot project at 10 U.S. airports and will expand to all U.S. airports in the months ahead, the agency said.