TSA to Require Mobile Devices to Power Up Before Boarding International Flights

TSA to Require Mobile Devices to Power Up Before Boarding International Flights

If you’re planning to travel overseas, make sure to “hug the wall” and charge your electronic devices before attempting to pass through TSA security at the airport. The TSA has made some rule changes that allow them to confiscate any device that can’t power up.

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TSA Press Release:

Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.

TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.

Forbes reports that the security move comes after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced last Wednesday that the global threat environment required enhanced security measures.  The new measures have been implemented at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States. Impacted airports include those in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The TSA can implement procedures such as the new mobile device requirements overseas by prohibiting flights from airports or airlines that fail to put the enhanced security procedures in place.

Security experts told CNN: ”While there was no specific threat prompting the enhancements, U.S. officials are concerned about the possibility that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula might develop bombs which could pass through current security measures undetected.”

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