North Charleston, SC (WCBD)-The Transportation Security Administration is stepping up screening procedures for airports across the country, including Charleston International.

Starting next month, passengers will be asked to remove any electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags.

The devices will be placed into bins without anything on top or below them.  Officials say this process will help TSA officers get a clearer X-ray image.

The new screening procedures were tested at 10 facilities across the country over several months, including Boise Airport in Idaho.

“TSA is making a change to the screening procedures for certain items in carry-on baggage in order to stay ahead of evolving threats to the transportation system,” said Andy Coose, TSA federal security director for Idaho.

The new security measures will be implemented at airports nationwide in the coming weeks and months.  The changes come amid reports of TSA screeners missing many weapons in undercover tests.

Travelers can prepare for these new procedures by following a few simple steps:

  • Organize the carry-on bag so electronics larger than a cell phone can be quickly and easily accessed when at the security checkpoint.
  • Ensure the quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols can also be accessed quickly and easily.
  • Don’t overstuff the carry-on bag. An uncluttered bag makes the screening process easier and quicker for passengers and TSA officers. Consider checking bags when feasible.
  • Once screening is complete, be sure to put all electronics back in the carry-on bag. Double-check the bins to make sure nothing is left behind.